The NHS Staff Survey has revealed that 67 per cent of staff said they went to work when they were feeling unwell, with 91 per cent of those saying they put themselves under pressure to attend work when ill.
The 2009 survey, published by the Care Quality Commission, also found that 28 per cent felt under pressure from their manager to go to work, and 21 per cent said colleagues put pressure on them to attend.
The survey was completed by 55 per cent of the 290,000 staff invited to respond, and overall, this seventh NHS staff survey showed that 26 of its 40 key findings improved, two fell, eight remained unchanged, and four were new to the 2009 survey.
More NHS staff have said they have had training in infection control than in previous years, with 67 per cent of NHS staff saying they were given training in the last year, compared with 62 per cent last year, and 53 per cent two years ago.
There has also been a big rise in the availability of handwashing equipment, with 71 per cent of staff saying that hot water, soap and paper towels, or alcohol rubs, were ‘always’ available, compared with 61 per cent two years ago.
Fewer people said they had been forced to work extra hours and a smaller number reported they felt pressured or had been bullied in the workplace. However, almost half (46%) of those polled said they did not have enough time to do their job properly or were prevented from doing a proper job due to a lack of staff.
The report said that “there is still some way to go before all staff understand the vision for the NHS and before they are aware of the contribution they can make, both as individuals and as a trust”.