Thousands of nurses have considered abandoning the profession in the past year because of NHS restructuring, a survey has revealed.
Just over 60 per cent of the 11,500 nurses surveyed by Incomes Data Research on behalf of 13 trade unions had thought fairly or very seriously about leaving their job in the past 12 months.
Of those who had considered leaving, 54 per cent blamed NHS restructuring, while 43 per cent cited staff shortages, 78 per cent mentioned stress or workload, 26 per cent said working hours and 37 per cent said target setting.
Two fifths had considered a career in teaching, while 28 per cent had looked at jobs in caring services, 23 per cent management and 21 per cent retail.
The research, based on responses from 31,000 union members, has been submitted to the NHS pay review body.