“Having Nursing Levels Displayed Should Lower the Incidence of Clinical Negligence,” say Asons Solicitors

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Last week the Salford Royal Hospital announced a pioneering scheme to have their Nursing Levels prominently displayed within their wards. Hopes are that raising awareness of staffing levels will lower the incidence of clinical negligence.

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One nurse looking after more than eight patients is believed to put patients’ safety at risk, reduce the quality of care – and increase death rates.

Last week the Salford Royal Hospital announced a pioneering scheme to have their Nursing Levels prominently displayed within their wards. As reported in the Manchester Evening News, the hospital is to put up signs highlighting the number of nurses on duty, indicating if the ward is understaffed. Hopes are that raising awareness of staffing levels will lower the incidence of clinical negligence (1).

In the article ‘Nursing levels to be written on ward wall at Salford Royal Hospital’ (Dated 13th May 2013) the Manchester Evening News stated that-

“Each ward at Salford Royal will soon have a whiteboard telling patient and relative the numbers of nurses and healthcare assistants who should be on duty – and how many there actually are at work.”

According to the article, this openness will place greater pressure on the hospital to ensure that its wards are properly staffed, with questions asked and prompt solutions found when they are not (1).

As reported by the ‘Safe Staffing Alliance’ (1) a guideline ratio of eight patients to every nurse should be closely adhered to –

“One nurse looking after more than eight patients is believed to put patients’ safety at risk, reduce the quality of care – and increase death rates.”

The implication being that closer regulation, and adhering to such ratios, will in turn increase the quality of care, reducing the circumstances in which clinical negligence has been allowed to become prevalent (2).

Commenting on the scheme, Asons Executive Thomas Fairclough, made the following statement –

“We regularly assist those who wish to make a hospital acquired infection claim. Often, their suffering could have been avoided if hygiene protocols had been adhered to.

"Regrettably, with hospital wards understaffed but overworked, standards can slip.

"Hopefully having nursing levels displayed will put pressure on those running the hospital, ensuring wards are well staffed at all times.

"It will be interesting to see how the scheme progresses at Salford Royal; if rolled out, the improvements made could be replicated country wide. Having nursing levels displayed could lead to a significant decrease in the levels of clinical negligence.”

In the event that you consider yourself to have been subject to a clinical negligence, you must seek legal advice as quickly as possible. Taking action can prevent the same situation from reoccurring, helping others to avoid injury in future.

If you, or someone you know, have suffered as a result of clinical negligence then you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Asons Solicitors deal with hospital acquired infection claims on a regular basis, you can contact them on: 0844 850 1062 or you can fill out their claim form at http://www.asons.co.uk

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(1)    manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/health/nursing-levels-written-ward-wall-3662366
(2)    nursingstandard.rcnpublishing.co.uk/campaigns/care-campaign/resources/a-nursing-alliance-with-a-firm-and-simple-message-numbers-matter

About Asons Solicitors:

Asons Solicitors is a Bolton-based law practice that specialises in personal injury and industrial disease claims. Founded by brothers Imran Akram and Kamran Akram, Asons Solicitors has developed to become a young and dynamic law firm that delivers practical solutions to clients in times of difficulty. Their continued focus on their staff has seen them awarded with the Investors in People “Gold Award”; which is reflected in the professional and personable approach they take in working with clients. They strive to grow and to develop, and their supportiveness and attention to detail ensures that their clients use them time and again.
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Email: info (at) asons (dot) co.uk
Website: http://www.asons.co.uk

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