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Letter: When will they understand that one nurse to 8 patients is just not good enough

NHS Improvement chief executive Jim Mackey is quoted as saying: 'I've met with providers who even went above the 1:8 ratio.’ He talks as if one nurse to eight patients is a ceiling when in fact it is the level at which harm to patients starts. 

Meanwhile he seems to present staffing as a cost, not an investment in quality and efficiency! We all know better staffing levels lead to more efficient care, lower mortality and lower length of stay etc. Which is why his comments are so disappointing – and very worrying!

 

Jenny Kay, retired director of nursing

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