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.