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BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3132 (Published 09 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3132

NICE suspends work on safe staffing levels: NHS England has asked the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence not to do any more work on safe ratios of staff to patients, saying that it will do the work itself. NICE has produced guidance on safe staffing levels in adult acute wards and maternity services. But NHS England will undertake the work for devising further ratios for emergency departments, mental health units, and community health service providers. Robert Francis QC, who recommended such ratios after the scandal at Staffordshire Hospital, has expressed concern that the evidence based approach of NICE would be lost.

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