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Low numbers impact nursing quality

Published on 20/10/2009
The Royal College of Nursing has called for an improvement in NHS staffing levels following the results of a new employment survey carried out in the UK.

According to the research, four in ten nurses claim that short staffing compromises patient care at least once or twice a week.

In addition, more than half of nurses questioned said they are too busy to provide the level of care they would like to on hospital wards.

Responding to the findings, Leila Harris-Ryberg, from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), said: "Nurses in particular continue to make up the largest regulated professional healthcare workforce within the NHS.

"Nurses often work as part of a multidisciplinary team and any concerns about staffing levels should be raised through the proper channels."

In January, the NMC is set to launch a public consultation to review pre-registration nursing education standards. This will offer patients the opportunity to influence the future direction of nursing nationwide.
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