April 14, 2014
Half of nurses are working through breaks or beyond their shift, revealing a health service under severe strain, a report has warned.
A survey of almost 3,000 nurses by Unison showed that two-thirds believed they did not spend enough time with patients, which most said affected care.
Three out of five of those questioned felt that staff numbers led to lower standards of care, while almost half said they were looking after eight or more patients.
The report, Running on Empty, said half of nurses were not confident about raising any concerns they had with their local managers