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Nurse staffing at an 'unsafe' level

Patient care is unsafe on wards with each registered nurse regularly looking after more than eight patients, according to nursing leaders. Safe and Sound, the Safe Staffing Alliance, says the figure is based on hard evidence.

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SSA: "More than 8 patients per nurse is unsafe'

The survey by Nursing Standard and the Sunday Mirror also found that almost half of nurses had seen patients suffer as a result of services being cut.

For the sake of clarity, more than eight patients per registered nurse is the level considered to be unsafe and putting patients at risk. It is not a recommended minimum.

For nurses to provide compassionate care which treats patients with dignity and respect, higher levels will be needed and these should be determined by every health care provider.

– Safe and Sound, the Safe Staffing Alliance statement

But 57.5% of nurses said they were still proud to work for the NHS.

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