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57% of nurses believe wards are 'dangerously understaffed'

Over half of nurses say the ward they work on is "dangerously understaffed" according to a snapshot survey run by Nursing Times.

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'One third of nurses' believe ward safety has worsened

At least 33% of nurses feel the safety on the ward has decreased in the last 12 months, despite promised from Government to improve patient security.

According to a snapshot report from the Nursing Times magazine:

  • 48% of nurses felt there had been "no change" in patient safety since the Francis Report into mid-Staffs was published.
  • Two-thirds - 65% -said they had witnessed "poor care" in their ward or unit over recent months - a drop from 76% in last year's survey.
  • Meanwhile, 42% of nurses thought the Francis report would improve things in the long term for the NHS and nursing.
  • 28% said it would make no difference.
  • 24% felt it had led to unfair criticism of the profession and the NHS.

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