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Shortage of nurses in Japan leads to high accident rate

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 20 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1362
  1. Joe Lamar
  1. Tokyo

    Japan's biggest nursing union has called on the government to address a worrying staff shortage that it claims is responsible for the fact that two in three of its members have filed an accident report in the past year.

    The All Japan Prefectural and Municipal Workers Union said that 62.7% of the 5227 nurses it surveyed had made a mistake or reported a near accident. Among the errors were mix-ups of …

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