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Jane Bates: safe staffing is more than just a numbers game

Cuts to administrative support and increasing amounts of ‘paperwork’ are taking nurses away from patients’ bedsides, says Jane Bates. 
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Cuts to administrative support and increasing amounts of ‘paperwork’ are taking nurses away from patients’ bedsides, says Jane Bates

Nothing gives a worse impression to the public than a nurse sitting at a desk, tapping away, when he or she should be at the bedside with patients.

But what are we supposed to do? With so much ‘paperwork’ now involving computers, I spend a good deal of time inputting data, which feels wrong.

A friend of mine has a different perspective. He is part of a team that deals with research and investigation into how the NHS functions – a troubleshooter, in other words – and many of his colleagues find it difficult to understand why clinical staff do not keep records as strictly as they could.

I recently put him right about nurses’ duty of care being to their patients, and that our priority

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