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The chair of the British Medical Association said many of the criticisms made by one of Britain's most senior doctors will ring true with NHS workers.
Dr Mark Porter said:
The Department of Health hit back at criticism from the president of the Royal College of Physicians.
Responding to claims that doctors were looking after so many patients they are missing vital signs, the Department of Health said levels of clinical staff working in the NHS are the highest since records started.
A leading health expert has warned that doctors have too many patients to look after on one shift, putting those in their care at risk as they fail to spot vital symptoms.
Sir Richard Thompson told the Guardian that some doctors are facing caseloads during one shift of up to 70 patients, many with simultaneous conditions.
NHS doctors are looking after so many patients they are missing vital signs of illness, an expert has warned.
In an interview with The Guardian, Sir Richard Thompson, one of Britain's most senior doctors, attacked ministers over NHS budget cuts that he says are threatening patient care, as doctors under constant "strain and stress" are missing symptoms.
He said hospital doctors are trying to look after up to 70 elderly patients at a time, when 20 is the maximum number regarded as necessary to ensure they receive the ideal minimum of 15 minutes with each patient.