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Survey reveals falling NHS morale

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A survey of NHS staff has revealed falling morale and a workforce struggling to keep up with increasing workloads and the rising cost of living.

The independent research was commissioned as part of evidence submitted to 2008 NHS pay talks by 14 trade unions.

It showed 60% of health workers had considered working outside the NHS, 41% had been subjected to violence or abuse, 61% had been bullied by patients or their carer and 84% had seen their workload increase in the last year.

The survey covered more than 24,000 NHS staff including nurses, physiotherapists, radiographers, occupational therapists and porters.

Kevin Coyne, Unite head of health, said: 'Holding down pay will simply undermine the drive to improve services by decreasing morale and making it harder to attract and retain staff.'

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