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RCN CONGRESS LATEST: Targets put A&E nurses under pressure

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Nine out of ten A&E nurses have felt unduly pressurised to meet the four-hour waiting target, an RCN survey has found.

Moreover, 78% of the 500 respondents believed the introduction of the target had led to the care of patients with complex or multiple needs being rushed and compromised.

Despite half of the respondents claiming the target had made a positive impact on patient care, 75% said patients were regularly admitted to inappropriate wards to meet the target.

RCN general secretary Peter Carter: ‘The RCN is calling for a more realistic target of 95% of patients seen within four hours rather than the current 98%.

‘This would give A&E staff the flexibility and the breathing space to deliver the personalised care the government are demanding.’

Read more about Mr Carter’s thoughts on government targets in NT this week.

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  • I work on a specialist renal medicine ward and often find patients without renal impairment are admitted to the ward just to meet targets. It is unfair to the patients and the staff as we have to spend hours at a time trying to get hold of the right medical team to review them and obviously the patients are frustrated by this. There are usually renal patients admitted to other wards and we have pressure from the doctors to get them onto the ward but are unable to because we have medical lodgers waiting for beds elsewhere. It seems to have got worse recently and it has been noticed that a high number of complaints on the ward are from outlying patients, surely something needs to be done?

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