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NHS ward rounds 'neglected'

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) are united in calling for ward rounds to be made the cornerstone of patient care after a fall in standards.

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NHS hospitals 'neglecting ward rounds'

Hospital staff are being stretched so thin that critical ward rounds are being neglected, leading clinicians have said.

Hospital staff are said to be neglecting critical ward rounds Credit: PA Wire

Fewer members of staff, tighter budgets and a rising tide of admissions have led to a deterioration of ward rounds in hospitals, the Colleges have said.

The quality of rounds must improve to ensure that patients are seen as people and not conditions, they said.

Ward rounds are "critical" to patient care and should not be curtailed by hospital managers, they added.

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