Work-Related Stress Levels Rise at North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust

New analysis of the NHS Staff Survey has revealed that the proportion of staff at North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust suffering from work-related stress has risen by almost a quarter in the last five years.

In 2010, 31.63% of staff indicated that they suffered from work-related stress.  In the 2014 survey, this had risen to 39.19% of staff – a rise of almost 24%.

This comes as the NHS staff survey shows that the proportion of staff working extra hours has increased by almost a quarter and the proportion of staff that have experienced some form of harassment, bullying or abuse from other staff in the last 12 months has increased by over 40% since 2010.

Jamie Reed, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Copeland, said:

“Our doctors and nurses are working tirelessly in incredibly trying circumstances and this shows that it is impacting on the workforce as a whole. This is bound to affect patient care.  Labour repeatedly warned the Tories that their reorganisation would damage staff morale and patient care in our hospitals but David Cameron wouldn’t listen.

“The Government has thrown the NHS in Cumbria into turmoil with a top-down reorganisation that nobody wanted and nobody voted for.  Staff have been working in chaotic conditions and this is taking its toll.  As well as this, the Government has stripped funding from social care which has meant many people have no option but to turn to their local hospital.  This has created extra pressure on an already creaking system.

“The NHS in Cumbria needs more resources so instead of making the jobs of doctors and nurses harder, the Tories should back Labour’s plans for 20,000 extra nurses, 8,000 extra doctors, 3,000 extra midwives and 5,000 extra care workers.  This would take the pressure off over-worked staff which will ultimately benefit patients and their families.”

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