Most cancers nurses’ excessive workload ‘harming affected person care’

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Excessive workloads amongst specialist most cancers nurses are harming
affected person care, a survey suggests.

A ballot by Macmillan Most cancers Help discovered 44% of
specialist nurses mentioned their workload was having a unfavorable impression on affected person
care, whereas 39% mentioned it was “unmanageable”.

The charity warned that sufferers are being left within the
darkish over outcomes.

Round one in 10 specialist nurse posts are vacant in
some areas, and greater than three quarters of nurses mentioned having extra time for
coaching would assist them enhance take care of individuals dwelling with most cancers.

Nikki Cannon, Macmillan Most cancers Help’s specialist adviser
for workforce, mentioned whereas far more must be completed to develop the workforce, the
report exhibits how urgently current nursing employees additionally must be supported and
retained.

One affected person, who was identified with bowel most cancers final
yr, mentioned: “I’ve simply had my routine scans to watch for a most cancers relapse and
I do not know after I’ll get outcomes. My most cancers nurse specialist is at all times
insanely overloaded so it’s not her fault, but in addition there isn’t a one else who
can reply my questions.” 

Different sufferers mentioned nurses caring for them had been
“rushed off their toes” and had stayed behind their shifts to take care of them,
the Telegraph studies.

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