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Staff morale is dropping as NHS money pressures grow, says King’s Fund report

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 10 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6539
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Worries over deteriorating staff morale and worsening performance are growing among managers as a result of financial pressure on the NHS.

The view has emerged from results of the latest quarterly monitoring report by the health think tank the King’s Fund, published on 30 October.1

Views were sought from 248 NHS trust finance directors, 90 of whom responded, for the three months of July to September and from 202 clinical commissioning group (CCG) finance leads, of whom 43 responded.

Almost half (47%) of the trust finance directors who responded listed staff morale as highest of their top three concerns, twice the proportion in the previous quarter. The report’s …

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