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Have nursing standards slipped?

28th April 2008

A survey has found that eight out of 10 nurses report that they have finished their shifts in a "distressed" state because they have not been able to tend to patients with "dignity".

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Of the respondents 81% said they felt "distressed or upset" at the situation and 86% stated that patients' dignity should be given important consideration.

The report, which polled over 2,000 nurses in the UK, was released as nurses made their way to Bournemouth for the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) yearly conference.

The government's Health Secretary Alan Johnson will speak at the conference on 30 April.

The poll showed that nurses felt hospitals were failing in their attempts to offer patients treatment on same-sex wards.

Nurses also said that a shortage of special tools, poorly-fitted curtains and a lack of bathrooms contributed to the problem.

Peter Carter, general secretary of the RCN, said that all patients, regardless of where they received treatment, should feel they were "treated with dignity and respect." He added that nurses did not have the facilities at their disposal in order to ensure this was the case.

Care Services Minister Ivan Lewis said: "Nurses, like other NHS professionals, have a duty to treat patients with dignity at all times, however they also have a right to expect the necessary support and resources to make this possible."

He added that the government would make an announcement about "a major expansion of our Dignity in Care campaign".


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Article Information

Title: Have nursing standards slipped?
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 6540
Date Added: 28th Apr 2008

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