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Is Understaffing Putting Patient Safety and Care at Risk?

Nine in ten healthcare leaders claim understaffing is putting patient safety and care at risk, according to a new survey from the NHS Confederation.

The pre-election survey polled the entire NHS Confederation membership – including NHS trusts, clinical commissioning groups and the local integrated care system – and found workforce gaps, reforming social care and addressing capital investment to be the most critical priorities. In total, 131 senior leaders – including chief executives, chairs and directors – also took part.

Of those leaders, over three quarters (76%) said that supporting and growing the NHS workforce should be a critical priority, ranking it highest at a time when there are more than 100,000 vacancies among clinical and nursing staff.

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