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RCN response to 2014 NHS staff survey

The 2014 NHS staff survey for England shows a growing pressure on staff. In response Dr Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said: “Without the commitment, drive and hard work of its staff, the NHS would grind to a halt. And yet there is clearly a crisis of morale among staff, who feel underpaid, undervalued and under pressure. It is disappointing that we are still talking about greater openness in the NHS, after years of commitments, but the reality for staff and patients is that the culture change just has not been delivered.

“If 39% of staff have been made unwell by work related stress during the last 12 months, it is no surprise that many have real concerns about the care their workplace can provide to patients.

“Worryingly, despite the warm words of encouragement in the years since the Francis inquiry, some staff still feel that reporting errors would lead to punishment or blaming for those involved. It's important that we now become much more open and honest about the problems in the NHS, which still delivers excellent care under huge pressure.”