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More than 45,000 NHS staff members a day report sick, according to the first national audit of working patterns within the health service.
The sickness rate is one-and-a-half times that of the private sector in general, while NHS workers were also found to have high average levels of obesity, smoking and poor mental health, affecting patient care.
The report by Dr Steve Boorman, an expert in occupational health who was commissioned by ministers to conduct six months of staff surveys and data analysis, concludes that hospitals with worse staff health levels tend to have higher rates of infection and more patient deaths.
Excerpts of the report, initial findings of which are being published today, were reported in the Times. Boorman told the paper: "It is ironic that the NHS is trying to focus on the public health agenda yet not making it available to its own staff, because staff should be exemplars.
"The key finding of this review is that health and wellbeing of staff is very important to the quality of patient care, and there are good reasons for prioritising investment in it."
I didn't write this news story, YOU (the UK press) did!
Originally posted by Merigold
Another day another bash at the NHS.
Keep on worshipping at the altar of greed disguised as " keeping my freedoms".
Afterall only a few million people can't get the care that they need and as long as it isn't you, why care?
Originally posted by woodwardjnr
This to me suggest we need to start paying our doctors and Nurses more. Maybe if we spent the same percentage of our GDP as America spends on their health system we could create better working conditions and better pay for those working in the NHS.
Whereas the uk spends 8% of GDP on Health care, The US spends 16% of GDP
So maybe we should increase our spend so the nurses and doctors who work so hard, can get some more money, improve their living conditions, in turn improving their own health.
hospitals with worse staff health levels tend to have higher rates of infection and more patient deaths
Originally posted by Kandinsky
NHS staff work long hours, low pay and have the added pressures of endless new Government directives and a media that sanctifies nurses at the same time as implying hospitals are filthy and full of MRSA.
The NHS is the biggest employer in the UK (iirc Europe also), just like in education, it's being ruined by endless political and media BS. Stats and audits. League tables. Directives.
Originally posted by jdub297
Exposure to 'illness vectors' is a ruse, and you know it!