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Staff survey reveals nurse dissatisfaction with pay

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Nearly half of nurses and midwives are unhappy with their pay, according to the latest NHS staff survey.

The research, conducted by the Healthcare Commission, found 48% of the 46,000 registered nurses and midwives questioned were either dissatisfied or extremely dissatisfied with their pay.

Other findings from the survey show that 38% of nurses and midwives are considering leaving their job, a slight increase from the previous year.

And the pressure on services is still intense, with 30% of nurses and midwives describing working relationships as ‘strained’.

Incidences of violence from patients and relatives have decreased by slightly compared with last year’s survey to 17% and 5%, respectively.

Nurses also remained satisfied with infection control measures, with 91% saying that their trust provided sufficient handwashing facilities.

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  • I would like to say that nurses work very hard and currently under enormous pressure, more recently changes have occured within most trusts accross the uk, requiring nurses to take on extended roles that were not orginally agreed. Nurses now are expected to take the role of a junior doctor with far more responsibility and accountabilty but are not awarded financially for that level of responsibility, The difference in nurses pay to that of doctors is not even close, which understandibly we are not going to earn the same money, however we are one of the lowest paid within the medical profession, i feel the government should be acknowledging this, starting salary of 25000 would be acceptable

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