Nurses demand greater focus on patient dignity

Two-thirds of nurses say they sometimes or never have enough time to make sure patients are treated with dignity, a survey by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) shows.

Peter Carter
Peter Carter

More than eight out of 10 said they sometimes or always left work upset or distressed because they had not been able to ensure patients were treated with dignity, the survey found.

RCN general secretary and chief executive Dr Peter Carter said: ‘Dignity should not be an afterthought or an optional extra. Each and every patient - whether they are in a hospital, a GP surgery, in the community or a care home - deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Dignity should be integral to nursing care.'

Nurses said targets and non-essential paperwork were among leading factors in cutting the time they spent with patients.

nick.bostock@haymarket.com

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