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Healthcare assistants 'doing nurses' tasks'

Patients are being put at risk by healthcare assistants who have been asked to take on tasks for which they have not been properly trained, nurses have warned.

A large survey of nurses found numerous examples where the junior staff, known as 'HCAs' on wards, were put in charge of jobs strictly speaking beyond their capabilities.

These included administering certain restricted drugs and caring for potentially vulnerable patients in intensive care.