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NHS losing staff in record numbers over long hours, research reveals

Record numbers of burnt-out NHS staff in England are quitting because they are fed up with spending too much time at work and not enough at home with their family, research has revealed.

The number of personnel leaving the NHS because of a poor work-life balance has almost trebled in the last seven years, an analysis by the Health Foundation thinktank shows.

Between June 2010 and June 2011, a total of 3,689 employees cited concerns over long working hours as the reason they had decided to stop working for the NHS in England. But 10,257 did so between June 2017 and June 2018 – an increase of 178%.

Many of those who left were nurses. The numbers quitting over their work-life balance more than doubled from 1,069 to 2,910 over the seven years studied.

The 270 doctors who quit for a better work-life balance in 2017-18 represented a 167% increase on the 101 who did so in 2010-11.

Read more in The Guardian.

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