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Is the NHS overworked?

In the beginning of the coronavirus, the citizens of the UK developed a really positive trend. Together in unison, no matter their location, they began to applaud the NHS. This gesture known as Clap for Our Carers is  support in unison around the nation for all the health workers who had the courage to face all the problems during the pandemic. But do we know how stressful their job really is? Here are some factors to shed light on this situation.

The stats

A survey by UNISON shows that 64% of NHS staff work overtime and almost three in five said their workload has increased. 77% said they’re not satisfied with their pay and seven out of ten don’t feel valued in their workplace. Staff are having to work more for less money.

Expectations from the public

Being that the NHS is the most used health care organisation in the UK, the majority of the public widely depends on them for the service to keep them and their families healthy and alive. This can put a lot of undue stress on the organisation itself and on its workers. Doctors, nurses, paramedics, administrators and other various health care staff have a huge responsibility placed on their shoulders. They know that it’s up to them to deliver, no matter what the circumstances are. This can obviously put a huge strain on all those who work for the NHS.

Medical malpractice

Overworked staff can lead to mistakes by employees and the NHS has seen record levels of negligence claims and costs. With the number of treatments that are available, the chance for medical malpractice is going to increase. Now if patients suffer due to a misdiagnosis or inadequate treatment, they can seek legal advice and file a medical negligence claim. Thankfully for the public there is a plethora of legal advice they can seek along with the great treatment that the NHS offers, so that they’ll always be protected.

The stresses of being an NHS worker

NHS staff have worked tirelessly through the Covid-19 pandemic with longer hours and new restrictions to adhere to. The NHS is free to all when it comes to health care. Whether it is doctors, nurses, paramedics or volunteers, staff were required to constantly wear PPE and many felt isolated whilst working through the pandemic.

The logistics of running the NHS

With over 1.3 million employees, the NHS is the biggest employer in Europe and one of the largest worldwide. According to the NHS, over 800,000 people visit their GP sacross the nation on a typical day and nearly 50,000 seek medical attention from accident or emergency services. Organising and running an operation like thiscan be quite complicated.

Public service can be one of the most complicated jobs a person can have. Especially if it is a medical service during a worldwide pandemic, being an NHS worker can lead to complications, both in a person’s professional and private life. They deserve the utmost respect.

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