Paperwork over patient care

It is reported today that Government reforms have led to patients being put at unnecessary risk by an over load of paperwork required by their carers. The British Medical Journal describes hospital wards as having "appalling conditions" and blames nurses for spending more time filling out paperwork that spending time on the wards.

All this negates the effects of a successful operation as many patients are catching hospital acquired infections or developing pressure sores.

Nurses are trained for health care, not for filling out forms. All this creates a vicious circle as it means patients are spending more time in hospital, bed spaces are reduced and the tax payer ends up footing the bill for an inadequate service.