Following the deaths of 2 nurses earlier this month, there are grave concerns how nurses are putting themselves at risk by driving home tired after working long shifts.
In fact, results of a new study state how 80% of those nurses interviewed were so tired they could not remember their journeys home. 96% of them said they felt stressed when driving back from work at night and 58% of them didn’t have time to take their allocated break, as required by law.
Dr Michael Farquhar, a Consultant in Sleep Medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Employers have a requirement to provide an uninterrupted break, however, in practice we know that staffing shortages can mean that health and care staff are unable to take breaks, eat or even or drink during their shift.“
He continued: “Working long shifts, often under considerable pressure, inevitably leads to fatigue, especially when that work is being carried out overnight.
“Fatigue not only increases the risk of harm to our patients, but it puts every single member of staff driving home after a long night shift at significantly increased risk of a road traffic accident.
“The levels of fatigue commonly seen after a normal NHS nightshift produce a similar effect on driving as if we are at or over the legal drink-drive limit.”
About Carl Millar
Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.
Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.
With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.
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