13th March 2015
Detailed analysis of the NHS Staff Survey has shown that the number of staff working unpaid overtime on top of their contracted hours every week has increased by a fifth since 2010. The analysis also shows that the proportion of staff working 11 or more hours of unpaid overtime each week has increased by over 40%.
In 2010, 46.19% of staff reported that they work unpaid overtime each week. By 2014, this had rocketed to 56.29% – an increase of almost 22%.
46% of staff now say they work up to 5 hours unpaid overtime each week (up from 36% in 2010) and 3.6% of staff say they work 11 or more hours of unpaid overtime every week (up from 2.6% in 2010).
The survey also reveals that the proportion of staff working extra hours (paid or unpaid) has rocketed from 57% in 2010 to almost 72% in 2014.
Copeland MP and Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, Jamie Reed MP said:
“That the doctors, nurses and other staff we rely on to care for us and our families are being expected to work more and more unpaid hours is simply unacceptable.
“The pressures heaped on our NHS by the Government have meant that doctors and nurses are having to work around the clock to maintain patient care, but they are running the risk of facing burn-out themselves. This isn’t only damaging to the medics themselves, this will obviously affect standards of patient care and clinical outcomes. One of the major reasons that our hospitals are in special measures is because of acute staff shortages.
“The Government should take the pressure off an overworked and underpaid workforce by backing Labour’s plans for 20,000 new nurses, 8,000 new doctors and thousands of new midwives and new home care workers. That would mean that our NHS and its hard-working staff would have the time to care for patients.”