The general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing told BBC Radio 5 Live that there are already measures to address individual instances of neglect in the profession, and said that the Government should concentrate on improving staffing levels.
The Government are quick to look at legally enforceable issues to do with this, I hope they're going to be as keen to ensure that there are legally enforceable staffing levels, which we've been calling for in the way that they have in Australia and some American states.
...We will not be a refuge for nurses or anyone else who is wilfully neglectful, but there are existing remedies that you can use which will address examples or instances when individuals are wilfully neglectful.
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