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Nurses being taken away from patients because of paperwork

Nurses are being prevented from caring for their patients because they are drowning in a sea of paperwork, according to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

A survey of 6,000 of its members suggests more than one sixth of the working week is now taken up doing non-essential tasks like filing, photocopying and ordering supplies.

Janet Davies from the RCN said administrative work "takes time away from the patients".

She spoke to BBC Breakfast, alongside Mike Farrar from the NHS Confederation, who has been tasked with leading a government review into the situation.

  • 21 Apr 2013
  • From the section Health
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