A recent Omnibus survey by Ipsos MORI shows that four in five (79%) believe that the NHS does not have enough staff to provide a good service, only 7% believe that it has the right amount, while 6% think it has too many. Therefore, pessimism about the future of staff shortages comes as no great surprise. Overall, 56% believe that staff shortages will get worse over the next few years and this rises to 64% among those who think there are currently not enough staff. Just over four in five (83%) also believe that NHS staff are currently overworked. The pre-war generation are less likely to believe this than younger generations, with only 69% agreeing compared with 84% to 85% across younger generations. With widespread belief that NHS staff are overworked and that this is likely to get worse, it is perhaps unsurprising that only half of the public (50%) would encourage a friend or family member to consider a career in the NHS. Those close to the NHS (i.e. those who either work in the NHS or have a close family member or friend working for the NHS) are more likely to suggest it as a career path than those that do not have a connection (57% and 47% respectively). Similarly, three in five of those that are close to the NHS (60%) believe that it is a good employer, while this decreases to half of those without an affiliation (50%).