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Nurses shouldn't have to lie to patients about staff shortages

Hospital managers must take responsibility when staff shortages put extra pressure on front-line personnel, says Jane Bates
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Hospital managers must take responsibility when staff shortages put extra pressure on front-line personnel, says Jane Bates

I went to see a play recently where all the characters – and there were many – were played by two actors who were constantly changing costumes and personae. It became increasingly frenetic as the evening went on, and was very funny.

But less amusing was a recent news story about a trust in Essex whose chief executive has apparently instructed front-line personnel not to mention to patients that they are short-staffed.

You can imagine the scenario – it would be even more farcical than my play. The nurse flies into the office in uniform and comes out seconds later in

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