Thursday, December 14 2017
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Stress takes its toll in public services

Stress takes its toll in public services

Long hours, a lack of breaks and a fraught working day are all too common for workers in the public and voluntary sectors. NHS staff are the most likely of all public sector workers to feel stressed because of their job. More than 60% say they feel stressed all or most of the time, and 59% say they feel more stressed this year than last year. NHS workers are the least likely to take a break during a working day. Just over a quarter (26%) don’t take a break at all, and only around one in 10 takes more than half an hour. And the large majority of NHS workers (96%) work beyond their contracted hours, doing an average of five extra hours per week.