Just under half of all NHS staff suffered an injury or illness as a result of problems at work last year, according to the world’s largest workforce survey.
A poll by the Commission for Health Improvement (now the Healthcare Commission) of more than 200,000 people in the NHS found that stress was the most commonly cited condition, reported by 39 per cent of all workers.
Almost one-fifth of ambulance trust staff had been physically attacked by a patient or client in the 12 months before the survey. Bullying was found to be rife, with 37 per cent of all staff and 45 per cent of ambulance workers having experienced some form of abuse.
More than a third of NHS workers had witnessed at least one error or near miss that could have resulted in an employee getting hurt in the 12 months before the survey.