Nurses working in the independent sector are more satisfied with their pay and conditions than their NHS colleagues, according to research.
A survey of 9,000 nurses working in hospitals, hospices and care homes, carried out by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), showed pay and conditions have improved since 2001.
When asked if they were well paid, 31% of independent sector nurses agreed, compared to just 1% of NHS nurses, reports Nursing Times magazine.
Just 41% of independent nurses thought their workload was too heavy, compared with 60% of those working in the NHS.
The RCN said pay was the main reason nurses left the NHS for the independent sector.