Poll: All nurses want CQC to directly monitor staffing levels
All Nursing Times readers who answered a snap poll last week think the Care Quality Commission’s new chief inspector of hospitals should directly monitor ward staffing levels.
In our online Poll of the Week 100% backed the idea. Our question follows an interview with the new inspector Sir Mike Richards last month.
Sir Mike said he saw staffing levels as an “explanatory variable”, rather than an indicator of poor care.
For example, the CQC will monitor whether patients had their buzzer answered and look at whether staffing was the cause – but will not look initially at ward staffing levels.
Nursing Times polls readers each week on a topical question related to nursing in the news. Check nursingtimes.net to answer the current question:
Is the patient-to-registered nurse ratio on your ward safe?
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