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David Oliver: Nurse staffing levels are still not safe

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 13 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2665
  1. David Oliver,
  2. consultant in geriatrics and acute general medicine
  1. Berkshire
  1. davidoliver372{at}

Setting out his vision to make the NHS “the safest in the world,” Jeremy Hunt has discussed the need for a less bureaucratic, more people centred system using data.1 But endless bureaucratic flip-flopping and political meddling over safe nurse staffing levels illustrate the emptiness of his rhetoric.

In the final 2013 report of his public inquiry into Mid Staffordshire Hospital,2 Robert Francis specifically recommended that “minimum safe staffing and skill-mix levels should be drawn up by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence [NICE] and policed by the Care Quality Commission [CQC].” …

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