Cornwall

Royal Cornwall health trust staff 'among most stressed'

Hospital staff in Cornwall are among the most stressed and pressured in the country, a staff survey has revealed.

The NHS survey for 2011 showed the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) was also in the bottom 20% of trusts for motivation and job satisfaction.

Staff, however, reported less incidents of physical violence and felt more valued by colleagues than the average.

Chief Executive Lezli Boswell admitted the results were disappointing and said there was no "quick fix".

Internal surveys had shown an improvement, she said, and the trust would continue to work with staff to make it a better place to work.

"Our staff survey results are disappointing and there is no quick fix to some of the issues that have been highlighted.

"I have personally been impressed in my time here by the hard work of RCHT staff," she said.

The survey showed the percentage of staff suffering work-related stress rose from 30% in 2010 to 41% last year.

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