Understaffing is leading to poor care, nurses tell Lansley

Stephen Adams, New York Daily News, May 22, 2012 The Health Secretary was warned by nurses last week that chronic understaffing had led to many instances of poor care. One nurse, Rachel Armstrong from Liverpool, claimed that some nurses were caring for as many as 18 patients at a time. "We have seen in the press government rhetoric stating that the nursing profession needs to be taught how to care and that there are many cases of meaningful neglect," she told Andrew Lansley at the Royal College of Nursing's annual congress. "I cannot emphasise enough that nurses do not go into work with the aim of giving poor care." ... Understaffing