Hospital wards 'dangerously understaffed'

More than half of nurses think their ward or unit is dangerously understaffed, a Nursing Times survey revealed today.

Nearly six out of 10 (57%) described their ward as sometimes or always "dangerously understaffed", the research showed.

Nearly six out of 10 nurses surveyed described their ward as sometimes or always "dangerously understaffed".
Nearly six out of 10 nurses surveyed described their ward as sometimes or always "dangerously understaffed". Credit: David Jones/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Over three quarters (76%) said they had witnessed "poor" care in their ward or unit over the past year - of which nearly 30% said they see poor care regularly.

Ahead of the the publication of the public inquiry report into deaths at Mid Staffordshire Hospital, the magazine polled 600 of its readers across a range of issues including staffing, patient safety and NHS culture.

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Hospital wards 'understaffed'

More than half of nurses think their ward or unit is dangerously understaffed, a Nursing Times survey revealed today. Nearly six out of 10 (57%) described their ward as sometimes or always "dangerously understaffed", the research showed.