‘Undervalued’ nurse made ill by stress felt compelled to quit NHS

UNDERVALUED, Underpaid and pushed to the brink.

Picture by Peter Byrne/ PA Wire.

According to NHS England data, there were 1,266 fewer nurses in Yorkshire and the Humber at the election in May than there were in 2010.

A report on NHS productivity by Lord Carter, who spent a year working with 22 hospital trusts, including Mid Yorkshire and Leeds, said there had been a 29 per cent increase in the rate of nurses leaving the profession in the last two years. Between 2012 and 2014, the dependency on agency nurses doubled.

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One former NHS nurse, who recently left a large West Yorkshire hospital trust after three years, said she felt compelled to leave as the stresses of the job were making her ill.

She was diagnosed with anxiety-based depression and now works at a private hospital.

She said: “Some agency staff are amazing, and have just left the trust in order to pick and choose their own hours. But some I couldn’t leave to work autonomously, without checking their work, which doubled my own workload. A lot of us felt undervalued.

“We had no or minimal access to developmental training, and the agency staff would get paid more for a shift with an easier workload. Being a nurse is more of a calling than a job, I’m just so glad I’ve found somewhere I could feel happy.”