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Guidance on Safe Medical Staffing: Report of a Working Party.

Royal College of Physicians; RCP.

Lack of appropriate staffing can diminish the safety and effectiveness of medical services. This report explored staffing levels in United Kingdom trusts for three tiers of expertise and found them to be inadequate across the system. The paper provides recommendations for staffing decisions for individual organizations and emphasizes the need for improved focus on care provision during routine working hours to support a healthy work force and safe patient care.