Apparently nurses are “too busy” to look after elderly patients
“One in three nurses said they did not have time to help patients eat or go to the lavatory a survey has found, as the Royal College of Nursing warns of shocking staffing levels on wards for the elderly”
Manatory staffing levels should be introduced and there are too few nurses looking who are too busy to look after elderly patients. On average there is one qualfiied nurse to nine patients and this often with help of Health Care Assistants.
RCN chief executive, Dr Peter Carter, said: “Patients on older people’s wards are being let down by systemic failings in our hospitals. He then goes on to say “It is unacceptable that there are not enough nurses on older people’s wards”
Jo Webber, NHS Confederation deputy director of policy, said: “We know that in too many cases, older people on NHS wards have been let down by poor care when they are vulnerable and most need help.
“This is truly unacceptable and we cannot allow it to continue. Getting care right for every patient, every time should be what every NHS organisation strives for.
However Dean Royles disagrees and says “Dean Royles, director of NHS Employers, said: “Mandatory staffing levels cannot guarantee safe care.”