Give NHS staff access to appropriate change, rest, and sleep facilities

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Give NHS staff access to appropriate change, rest, and sleep facilities
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Could you imagine having to get changed for work in a toilet cubicle every day?

Could you picture having to eat standing up on your shifts because you have nowhere to sit? Or envisage staying awake for more than 24 hours because you’re on call but have nowhere suitable to sleep?

Sadly, thousands of NHS staff don’t have to imagine any of this, because this is their lived reality.

That's why we're are calling on the Government to make it compulsory for NHS staff to have access to appropriate change, rest, and sleep facilities.

Many staff are currently working in unacceptable conditions

Shockingly, 56% of NHS staff say tell us they have nowhere appropriate to change in and out of uniform? In addition, 34% tell us they have no access to a staff room, and 80% tell us there is nowhere suitable to rest their heads when on call overnight, despite us knowing that this makes them safer.

Worryingly, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

That is why we need your help. 

Urgent action is needed to put things right

We believe that this is unacceptable and something needs to be done.

Providing a safe space to rest, sleep and recover in between patient care is vital, not only for patient safety and staff wellbeing, but also to ensure safe travel home. 

We cannot let anymore NHS staff lose their lives

We can’t lose another Lauren Connelly. She was a 23-year-old junior doctor who was just seven weeks into her medical career. She worked long hours, including one stretch of 107 hours in just 12 days. She lost her life in a car accident on her way home from work. And because we also can’t lose another Ronak Patel. He was a 33-year-old junior doctor who tried to keep himself awake after a night shift by singing, before tragically ploughing into a lorry.

Those are just a couple of names, but there are more. Far too many.

Your action today can help us win this. Here's why.

We are calling on the Government to make it compulsory for NHS staff to have access to appropriate change, rest, and sleep facilities. You can help ensure that we are heard. We believe it’s the very least NHS staff deserve after everything they’ve done for all of us. Please sign this petition if you agree they deserve better.
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“Will anyone Listen when this is presented?. I don't think so,they may aswell be in a stable blinkered up munching bloody oats...”
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“We need to do a lot more to help recruit this failing government is not doing enough at all😱🙄”
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Kop K has helped recruit 13 more signatures and 3 more supporters so far!
“It's awful staff don't already have this available. Why make life harder than needed?!”
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Richard C has helped recruit 12 more signatures and 1 more supporters so far!
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Sue M has helped recruit 5 more signatures so far!
“This is outrageous. This is 2021, post-industrial revolution. We mustn’t allow this government to turn back time for hard-working people, especially not our NHS workers. They save us all -YOU save us all.”
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Paul T has helped recruit 5 more signatures and 2 more supporters so far!
“I believe our NHS is vitally important to our country and has been underfunded for too long. Staff should have adequate resting facilities to help them continue to treat us effectively.”
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Linda-jayne M has helped recruit 4 more signatures so far!
“Appalling conditions cannot continue. Let’s encourage rest not persecute people who need it and take breaks.”
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