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Francis calls for rethink on minimum nurse staffing


Mr Francis stated: “It’s evidence… [that] ought to be considered with regard to whether there is some sort of benchmark, which at least is a bit like a mortality rates – an alarm bell which should require at least questions to be asked about whether it is possible for a service to be safe.” He stressed the level should not be viewed as “the adequate level of staffing, but the level below which you cannot be safe”. I've pointed out before that Francis is very clever - he knows the dangers of setting staffing ratios (that minimums will be seen as maximums, and that trusts will also claim 'we met the ratios, so we MUST 'have had enough staff''). I doubt that his position has changed - I suspect he is trying to protect patients against the setting of minimum ratios which will then be abused by Trusts ?

Posted date

6 August, 2013

Posted time

10:21 am