Solutions to ease the strain on the NHS
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A new survey has revealed that doctors are struggling with rising demand on the NHS due to an aging population which is resulting in reduced safety of patients. The Royal College of Physicians revealed that 64% of doctors believe in a deterioration of patient safety over the past year due to an increasing population and reduced workforce morale. Experts believe that urgent investigation is needed in order to reduce the effects on patients. It emerged after the RCP NHS Reality Check Update 2018 which was completed by over 1,500 doctors across England, Wales and Northen Ireland. It revealed that 84 percent think the workforce is demoralised and 47 percent believe they administered lower-quality care over the past year which was 10 percent higher than last year. Eight in ten were worried about how safe the delivery of NHS care will be in the next twelve months following the immense pressure for doctors to take on such a large workload. One doctor responding to the survey said: "Staff simply cannot deliver what is expected of them under current circumstances. We are not robots. We are human beings with limits. I cried on my drive home because I am so frustrated and distraught at the substandard care we are delivering."
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