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Health impact of long shifts must be investigated, says union


I have worked both 'long days' and 7.5 hour shifts, over 30 years of nursing. Indeed in days gone by, in mental health, a late, two long days and an early, followed by an early, two days off and a late shift, was the norm. It worked well, there was consistency for the patients, and it was easy to plan your time off, months in advance if necessary. No need for trying to fit the rota round staff's requests - they knew what their days off were and if there really was a need for a particular day, they could swap with somebody else. I have never quite understood why this is considered so difficult. Personally I think four days is the ideal length for the working week and like many others, I used to appreciate the days off, with a proper break. There is no excuse for people working more than three long days together. It is very tiring and that is when mistakes begin to be made.

Posted date

16 April, 2015

Posted time

3:32 pm