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NHS watchdog warns over nurse-patient ratios

The organisation which sets NHS standards - National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) - has said that nurses in hospitals should not have to look after more than eight patients each at any one time.

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NHS staffing 'wholly unsatisfactory in too many cases'

The number of NHS nurses on some wards is "wholly unsatisfactory" in "far too many cases", the head of the Royal College of Nurses has told ITV News.

However, Dr Peter Carter also warned that a new minimum standard of having eight patients for each nurse on duty would not solve staffing problems.

Dr Carter said that on some wards the ratio should be as low as one nurse per patient.

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