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Brain Surgery?
Posted Wednesday, 1 April 2009 at 13:26

I have been so done by April fools, and nearly made one of myself today.


Nothing to do with being sat in a select committee this morning and looking down to discover I was wearing odd boots (good job there’s a matching odd pair in the cloakroom!)


More to do with not quite believing my ears during Prime Ministers Questions when the Speaker called my name.


I didn’t have a prepared question and the few split seconds of paralysing panic which sears through your brain as you stand up is indescribable.


I usually write a question out before hand but as I have done this week after week, month after month, year after year and never been called, I had kind of given up and decided to be content with my constituents being able to see me bob up and down.


I took a breath and asked the following;


Keeping a Hospital clean is not brain surgery. Neither is helping a patient to eat or to drink water out of something other than a vase;

Will the Prime Minister agree with me that Government targets, whist providing substance for spin, have distorted nursing priorities and damaged patient care?


Good patient care depends upon vocation, compassion and cleanliness. All three vital ingredients are missing in many of our wards and hospitals up and down the country.


The most frustrating aspect of the Stafford story is how easy it would have been for someone who had some idea of what they were doing to put things right very quickly.


Restrict visiting to limited hours and two to a bed. Clean properly as in wet washing floors, bed side tables and beds. Allow beds to cool off between patients and clean.


Ensure each patient has a key worker responsible for a limited number. Hold the nurse report/hand over three times a day.


Encourage the House Officer to stay on the ward for as long as possible.

Establish rigid drug round times and assess each patient's pain relief on the round.


Provide a strong leadership team on each ward and bring back ward orderies and auxiliaries. The assistant nurses, who used to help with feeding, carry back messages to the ward office if someone was in pain and it had gone un detected.


But most importantly, they used to replenish water jugs and vases and not get the two mixed up.

Anonymous said:
Responded: Wednesday, 1 April 2009
It must have thrown him having to answer to a nurse.
Rod Hollingsworth said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
Dear Nadine The labour party has now reached the pits. Try not to worry about the scum that seem to have floated to the top of this rotten government. In fact take it as them fearing the "New girl on the Block" Those who have met you and particularly those you have helped know that we have an honest hard working politician who would not let down her constituents, friends ,or family so don't let the vile creatures that crawl out from under a stone make you any less determined to get an apology from Brown and all his cronies.
Phil Storey said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
Dear Nadine, You might suggest that Gordon Brown writes to Sir Gus O'Donnell – Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service if he wants action on this one. By the way, 'unambiguous' is not hyphenated. It would be tedious to point out the mistakes elsewhere. A blog riddled with errors is unlikely to to engender faith in your party's commitment to educational standards.
M A Wilson said:
Responded: Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Nadine if you really want to get your own back on Brown at next PMQs cross the floor & place a White Feather on his Lecturn/despatch box. OK so you will be suspended but you could refer to him as a cowardly piece of whatever.
Jeff said:
Responded: Tuesday, 14 April 2009
I just heard your comments about the letter from the PM on Sky News. "Your right" I feel it's all about him and not about those affected. I use to be Labour supporter, now I'm starting to shift towards your party as I'm disillusioned by the government and there underhanded behavior.
Anonymous said:
Responded: Thursday, 23 April 2009
You thought that instead of actually doing your job, your constituents would be happy seeing you "bob up and down"? What a strange world you politicians live in!
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