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Nurses 'drowning in paperwork'

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Nurses are being prevented from caring for their patients because they are drowning in a sea of paperwork, an ICM survey for the RCN, revealed.The increasing burden of administrative work on nurses means they spend an estimated 2.5 million hours a week on non-essential paperwork and clerical tasks - more than double the 2008 figure. This equates to an average of 17.3 per cent of all the hours worked by NHS nurses in the UK .

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