Lincolnshire NHS staff survey shows Trust ‘must urgently support staff’, says UNISON

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In the annual NHS staff survey, published February 18 2020, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust saw some of the lowest scores in the country for acute trusts, says UNISON.

The survey results saw that – of more than 3,000 health workers at the Trust – over three quarters (76%) said there were too few staff in the organisation for jobs to be done properly.

As a result of mounting workloads and too few staff, almost four in ten (38%) said relationships at work were strained –– an increase of 3.4 per cent on the previous year.

Just over one in six (17.5%) of staff reported being bullied, harassed or abused by their own manager in the past 12 months. Almost a quarter (23%) said they had experienced abuse from colleagues.

UNISON East Midlands regional organiser Elliot Dean said: “These shocking results from NHS staff show the pressing need for United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust to urgently support staff across the organisation.

“Senior managers must take responsibility for these poor results and work with UNISON, the lead union for NHS workers at the trust, to improve them rather than bury their heads in the sand.

“These results show staff are too overwhelmed and under resourced to deliver the best possible patient care.

“The NHS across Lincolnshire urgently requires more staff and a fair funding formula to help repair the damage done by a decade of budget cuts.

“The recruitment challenge will only get worse if health bosses don’t listen to the concerns of staff and actively work with them to find solutions.”