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Complaints against nurses has risen sharply

1st April 2011

A steep rise in the number of complaints against nurses and midwives has been called a "serious cause for concern" by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

The number of complaints has increased by nearly 60% since last year, with 833 new cases in January and February 2011, compared to 530 for the same months of 2010. NMC chief executive and registrar Dickon Weir-Hughes said: "The fact that other healthcare regulators have also experienced similar dramatic increases in the volume of their complaints is a serious cause for concern and indicates the need for more detailed research into the underlying reasons for these trends."

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