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Nurses condemn mound of paperwork

A growth in paperwork is preventing nurses from spending enough time with patients, it is claimed.

A survey for the Royal College of Nursing has found that almost nine out of 10 nurses in Scotland believe the amount of nonessential paperwork has increased over the past five years.

Some nurses said clerical support in their workplace is either nonexistent or has not kept pace with demand.

The RCN warned that nurses are coming under pressure as a result.

The survey was carried out by ICM Research for the nursing body in mid-March.

Almost two-fifths of the nurses quizzed - 38% - said they had no access to administrative support, despite 87% firmly believing help with clerical duties would mean they could spend more time caring for patients.

Only a fifth of nurses said they had seen an increase in administrative support at their workplace over the past two years.

According to the poll, even nurses with access to some clerical support had, on average, only 2.5 hours of help a week.

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Does the amount of paperwork put pressure on you? Do you have any access to administrative support? Your comments: (Terms and conditions apply)

"Very much so to the point of reviewing my position. No admin support at all." - Jill Bloor, Shrewsbury

"We are daily being given more forms to complete and as I have no clerical support at all, I'm spending important time completing forms and filing." - Liz Wilson, Liverpool

"The paperwork is ever increasing, the ongoing saga on which documentation the correct format is ridiculous. Since coming into post four years ago we have been through four formats, and several days out to look at online assessments. I have no admin support at all." - Jean Walton, Calderdale PCT