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Nursing chief voices staff cuts fears

30th December 2010

NHS staff cuts are compromising patient care and could lead to avoidable deaths, the head of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has warned.

The government's £20 billion efficiency saving target is inevitably having an effect on staffing levels, which are being reduced to dangerously low levels, RCN general secretary Dr Peter Carter told the Observer.

This will affect the quality of care received by patients in hospitals and could bring about scenes reminiscent of the 1990s, when patients faced long waits and were sometimes treated on trolleys, the nurses' leader warned.

Dr Carter said the NHS is seeing "some of the most widespread cuts in its history".

He added that there is "indisputable evidence" that staffing levels are linked to mortality rates and emphasised the need for safety and quality to be prioritised.

A spokesman for the British Medical Association echoed Dr Carter's concerns, saying that doctors are sensing a "mounting crisis".ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800317129-ADNFCR

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