Healthcare salaries 'should reflect the hard work of employees'

27-03-2009

Healthcare salaries 'should reflect the hard work of employees'
It has been claimed that better incentives may be needed to encourage people to consider entering the healthcare profession.

An NHS survey has previously revealed that 80 per cent of workers find their jobs interesting, with job satisfaction rates increasing year on year.

However, it was also discovered that 66 per cent of people are unhappy with the rates of pay and Unison claims this needs to change.

Karen Jennings, head of health at Unison, explained that healthcare is a demanding sector to work in, mentally, physically and emotionally.

"There are no perks or bonuses in the NHS so to attract and retain staff their wages should reflect the valuable work they do," she added.
A spokesperson for ClickAJob is critical of the way the NHS relies on emotional blackmail.

"Job satisfaction is one thing, but motivation needs to be more than playing on professional sympathies and consideration for patients," he says.

"If salary budgets are tight, then the work environment should be made more pleasant, so that staff enjoy being there - nice surroundings, restful leisure areas, thoughtful provision of amenities."

"Far from indulgences, these are all an investment in better patient care - simply because if staff feel good, they perform at their best too - a more effective way to results than brute-force targets," he concludes.

Other discoveries made by the NHS staff survey were that 90 per cent of respondents feel their role makes a difference to patients, but 31 per cent said they do not feel valued by their trust.

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