In recent times the NHS has faced many problems, one of which was a lack of money leading to underfunding and the main problem was employment or lack thereof.
After interviewing Hematology Staff Nurse Lydia, Freund, I became more aware of the struggles they overcome after being told, “Every day we are expected to push our limits and often our breaks miss to get through unrealistic patient lists”. They also struggle with exhaustion, “I burned out with my colleagues because of the lack of staff because nurses are not recruited”. This is a personal account only and stories like this are increasing due to the government’s empty promises. During their struggles they have not been a promise of stability, employment or money, this has sparked national outrage and rightly so for the disregard for nurses during and after Covid that has built up and caused a long-awaited strike.
The shortage of nurses creates an unsafe space for patients, the shortage of nurses affects the safety of patients as the nursing capacity is unable to cope with the growing demand of patients. Nurses are qualified professionals trained to college level with 3 years of knowledge. The pay they currently receive does not reflect the amount of responsibility they are given. The good nature of nurses has been taken advantage of and nurses are now leaving the profession as they are unable to support themselves amid the cost of living crisis.
If NHS teachers go on strike for change, their profession will continue to be in crisis and there will be no choice but to be privatised. This means that we cannot afford to need care and that people who have cared for them all their working lives are no longer cared for themselves. To save the NHS we need to make nursing more attractive and support the nurses we already have.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23129816.nhs-striking-pressure-interview-nurses/?ref=rss NHS on strike and under pressure: interview with nurses