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Nadine Dorries
Ms Angry From Hospital Beds...
Posted Friday, 3 April 2009 at 18:05

Daily Politics moved onto a little ‘media flurry’. Just finished 5 Live. I am incensed when I hear ‘officials’ from various departments and commissions talking in a jargon which has no place in the treatment of sick people.


Over the last ten years a culture has developed which has now become endemic in the NHS. It’s a ‘not me gov’ culture in which almost every responsibility belongs to someone else.


I am afraid the job of eliminating MRSA has nothing to do with money or Quangos.


It’s about nursing staff and doctors taking ownership of the wards once more. It’s about rolling their sleeves up and getting stuck in. Wards have to have their own dedicated cleaners once again. We all need to have a sense of pride in what we achieve in the workplace.


Nurses and doctors need to once again realise how important their role is and to regain respect for who they are and the amazing work they can do and we need the public to realise this too.


No nurse should ever wear her uniform in public and a sense of pride could be re ignited by wearing uniforms that make you proud. Which have a hospital identity.


We need to bin many of the ridiculous targets and return to the realisation that hospitals are full of very sick people who need calm and peace in order to get better. Visiting should become massively restricted from what it is at present.


 Interesting to note that the hospital with the lowest MRSA rates has two visiting sessions per day and strictly two at a bed at any one time.


One ward I have just visited had nine people around one bed and two grandchildren, who spent their day at the bedside as a form of childcare!!

This is ridiculous!! Those children (and I’ve seen cleaner), were a source of cross infection to everyone else present. I looked at the poorly lady in the opposite bed and thought that it was almost a form of cruelty that she had to lie there so poorly and listen to the innane chatter of someone else’s nine visitors. Two of whom were wearing iPods with the volume too loud.


Wards used to be a place of respect. People used to whisper. Sister was in charge. Nurses were dedicated. The casual attitude of anything goes has destroyed a culture of care and respect and facilitated cross infection, patients dying needlessly and nurses subjected to violent attacks because respect in a hospital environment no longer exists.


I wonder how proud Gordon Brown is, that after the NHS being sat in his hands for eleven years, desperately ill patient resort to drinking water out of flower vases.


It’s worse than third world. It’s morally vacuous and disgraceful.


Today, a lovely consultant sent a patient home from out patients. She should have been admitted. She lives alone and is 87.


The consultant was worried because her white cell count was low and he was concerned that she would succumb to an infection.


What kind of NHS is this?

Matty said:
Responded: Friday, 3 April 2009
A bad one. Get stuck in girl.
AndrewSouthLondon said:
Responded: Sunday, 5 April 2009
The "education and training" mafia have taken over large swathes of the NHS.Nurses have their own greasy pole to climb which means getting as far away from patients as possible, whilst most day-to-day care on the wards is provided by barely qualified Health Care Assistants - jobs associated with third-world applicants. Many hospitals have lacked any financial discipline, end up with massive cumulative deficit, and to cut that deficit contracted out cleaning to minimum-wage paying agencies - jobs also prime candidates for third world applicants - whose motivation has very little to do with job excellence. Any suprise the NHS has been run into the ground?
anne allan said:
Responded: Monday, 6 April 2009
Nurse training should primarily take place on the wards. Nursing is a practical skill, and no amount of essay writing on 'communication' is an adequate substitute for the real thing i.e daily contact with patients and work colleagues. And yes, visiting times should be restricted. Many medical and nursing procedures require a degree of privacy that curtains do not afford. Ill people need peace and quiet. Lastly, many visitors nowadays have no conception of how to behave in a hospital.
Frank said:
Responded: Monday, 6 April 2009
When I was a young man in the 1950s my life was saved by the national health service when I contracted tuberculosis, so I have every reason to be grateful. In 1978 I came to Germany because that was where there was a job (remember 1978 anyone?). The German health system is greatly maligned in Germany, but it has much to recommend it: If your income is high enough you can rely on private insurance if you wish. Otherwise you can (or must with a low income) pay a certain amount (ca. 14% of your income up to a maximum for an income of about 3000 pounds a month, nonearning spouse and children included free) into a health scheme and one or two percent into a care scheme. If you are ill or need care you have a free choice of doctor, hospital or care organisation. The scheme treats everyone alike regardless of the amount they pay; there are elaborate arrangments to seperate the payment from the outgoings side. My wife and I have reason to be grateful for this arrangement, she suffers from advanced multiple sclerosis and breast cancer and had, as just one example, to be hospitalized on an emergency basis last year -from epileptic fit at home, with emergency doctor arriving in ten minutes, to treatment in A and E and admission to hospital within an hour; no wards - rooms with a maximum of three beds, beds removed and replaced by freshly disinfected beds with sterile bedding after each occupation. I do so love England, or rather the England I knew in my youth, but we will never return.
Alex said:
Responded: Tuesday, 7 April 2009
We had D and V on the ward back in January - the ward was 'closed' which meant that any hospital staff entering the ward had to change in to scrubs and wash hands. Come visiting time - hordes of people entered the ward, did not wash their hands and did not have to change their clothing! I'm only a medical student, but i didn't realise that visitors were immune to carrying and spreading hospital bugs!
Akhenaten said:
Responded: Monday, 13 April 2009
I worked in the NHS as a GP for 30 years. There has been far too much meddling - micromanagement and extraneous targets. Not enough attention to the actual business of dealing with people. Too much diffusion of responsibility, and a general reluctance to allow people to manage their own ways of working within agreed, ethcial boundaries. In biology-exo skeletons ( eg Ostracoderm Fishes) gave way to much more flexible and efficient vertebral columns ( most modern quadripeds) 400 million years ago. An inner conscience , likewise, is far better than an external regulatory strait jacket. The great Empires and Civilisations do not perish from the outside before they have been corroded from within...
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