8 in 10 nurses said their last shift was unsafe and that compromised patient safety. Think about that. 80% of nurses felt the last shift they did compromised patient care. If you go to work and you feel unsafe working, the thing you’re doing could potentially lead to someone dying, that is not conducive to you continuing to work, you know.https://twitter.com/msm_monitor/status/1591188905209970688
BBC Scotland did not, of course, challenge the claim but there are serious problems with it.
First, only 20 325 out of around 400 000 nurses in the UK responded. This is a 5% only response rate.
Second, it’s a self-selecting, ‘squeaky wheel’ sample, as opposed to a scientific random and representative sample, whereby a disproportionate number of responses will be from those concerned about staffing in their area.
Third, the survey does not recognise the important background factor of nurse staffing levels. There are 64 000 nursing and midwifery staff in Scotland and 360 000 in NHS England. Per head of population, England should have 640 000, to match NHS Scotland. Nurse staffing in NHS Scotland is thus, astonishingly, 78% higher.