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Health impact of long shifts must be investigated, says union


It should be compulsory for all managers to work or at least shadow their clinical colleagues for a set number of hours/shifts over a set period of time, e.g. 3 months/6months/yearly. I bet stupid comments such as "staff have had their own way for too long..." would be replaced by "I didn't realise how tiring working a 12 hours shift is in the community"!! (an example). This is yet an other example of the govt treating workers like robots. When one has worked a 12 hour shift, it's not just a case of flying home, into bed, zzz 11 hours sleep, it's a case of driving home knackered, winding down period, have a shower/bath/wash/eat/drink,sort out uniform/food/money etc for the next day. And many of us have children/partners to add to this mix. I have sometimes thought it would be easier/safer for me to stay at work, bringing my sleeping bag with me...

Posted date

17 April, 2015

Posted time

2:25 am