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"“Patients At Risk Of Harm” Due To NHS Nurse Understaffing, Says NICE Report"

20th May 2014

Posted by: Your Legal Friend

"Concern has again been raised over nurse / patient ratios in NHS hospital wards. Increasing nurse workloads could mean potential risk to quality of care, according to a draft report recently released by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

In the report, NICE suggests that “patients are at risk of harm if a nurse has to care for more than eight people on a ward during the day.”

Once more we see confidence in NHS care being put to the test as nurses and hospital staff attempt to maintain standards despite increased patient numbers and over-stretched resources. However, patients can, and still do, commonly fall victim to tragic mistakes in hospital wards where government cuts mean nurses are often expected to take care of many more patients than ever before. At the start of  2014, NHS England admitted that twenty-five patients a month were being “harmed by NHS staff blunders.”