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Nursing cutbacks 'linked to rise in patient death rates'

Cuts to nurses on wards is "directly linked" to higher patient death rates, claims a study of 300 hospitals in England and 8 other EU nations. Every extra patient added to a nurse's workload increases the risk of death within a month of surgery by 7%

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Over eight patients to one nurse is 'very dangerous'

Hospital wards "become very dangerous" if nurses are caring for more than eight patients at a time, an expert from the Royal College of Nursing has told Daybreak.

Director of Nursing Janet Davies said there was no ideal number of nursing staff on a ward as demands varied depending on "type of ward, the age of the patient and the complexity".

However, she argued for a higher education level among nurses and said staff members with a degree were better at thinking on their feet.

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