From a survey not being reported anywhere else in BBC Scotland and unmentioned by BBC England or Wales, Reporting Scotland have chosen to use this unreliable wee poll suggesting that ‘more than half of nurses have considered quitting their job this year.’
There is no sign of the actual report with methods and data we can consider.
So, just knowing it’s a trade union survey, we’re left with three obvious concerns.
First, there are 63 178 nursing and midwifery staff in Scotland. The Unison sample of 500 is only 0.8% or less than 1 in a 100. 56% of those were considering quitting, 280, 0.44% or less than 1 in 200.
Second this is a self-selecting sample inevitably skewed toward those unhappy with their jobs.
Third, if you ask people ‘have you considered quitting your job‘, the response will be higher than the number really planning to do so.
I’ve said before, a 16 year-old’s Modern Studies project would have to meet higher standards than most trade union ‘research’ happily reported by BBC Scotland.