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Guidelines on safe nurse numbers

15th July 2014

Following the public inquiry into the Stafford Hospital scandal, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) were asked to look at the issue of staffing levels.

NICE have issued strict guidelines on safe staffing levels for nurses, but have not set an absolute minimum.

The guidelines state that any more than eight patients to one nurse on a ward should lead to a check to see if care was compromised.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt described the guidelines as a "major step forward".

This decision should cover problems with basic care, such as delays in delivering pain relief, patients not being taken to the bathroom or not receiving their medication.

Either patients or nurses can raise the alarms and they must then be investigated and explanations given.

It has been estimated this decision could cost £200m - about 5% of the cost of employing nurses on hospital wards - although it said that in the long run it would save money through improvements in care.


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Anonymous

Thursday 31st July 2014 @ 22:04

Does Nurse in the above statement regarding safe numbers, mean a qualified nurse.


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