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Government blocked guidance that urged minimum staff ratios in emergency departments

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i385 (Published 21 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i385
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

Hospitals in England were told to implement minimum nurse to patient ratios in emergency departments, in guidance that was blocked from publication by the government.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) had recommended that minimum levels of nursing cover should be employed across all major emergency departments to ensure patient safety. Its stipulations included two registered nurses to each major trauma patient, two to each …

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