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Wards dangerously understaffed, say nurses in survey

More than half of nurses believe their NHS ward or unit is dangerously understaffed, according to a survey.

The Nursing Times conducted an online poll of nearly 600 of its readers on issues such as staffing, patient safety and NHS culture.

Three-quarters had witnessed what they considered "poor" care over the past 12 months, the survey found.

The government said it had increased staffing and hundreds of new nurses were still being taken on by the NHS.

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Posted by: Andrew Healing on February 4th, 2013 @ 10:54 AM
Tagged with: government NHS Nurse

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February 4th, 2013 @ 12:44 AM Andrew Healing

As a provider if nurses and care assistants for nearly 17 years I am surprised this has not surfaced earlier.

The unfortunate truth is that when the NHS need to balance their books, staffing being the largest cost gets hit.

The squeeze to pay staff less money through pay freezing and the squeeze to use less staff is clearly evident from this report and my anecdotal experience.

Supplying nurses and carers is pretty simple for a healthcare provider like Routes Healthcare, we are experts at planned and unplanned cover.

I am confident the NHS will ensure their staffing levels are appropriate given their drive for high levels of patient care.

As for nurse to patient ratios this is not just good practice but common sense and if common sense cannot prevail then the government should legislate for it.

Andrew Healing

 

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