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Sunday Express Families told to nurse patients

FAMILIES should carry out nursing duties to ease pressure on hospital staff, a controversial report will demand this week.

As well as feeding and washing patients, relatives should be on hand to assist them to the toilet.

Such duties should be made mandatory, like jury service, according to the founder of the think-tank behind the recommendations, which will be sent to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

The report, collated by thinktank 2020health and entitled Too Posh To Wash?, claims nurses are finding it impossible to meet all patients' needs as the number of elderly and dementia patients soars.

Julia Manning, founder of 2020health, says new rules should be stipulated in the NHS Constitution, making it mandatory for relatives and friends to help on the wards unless it is impossible for them to do so, "just as jury service isn't always possible".

She said: "Many of the distressing stories we hear of inadequate care stem from patients not having help with basic needs such as assisting to the toilet, feeding and drinking."