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  • Comment on: Nursing staff 'mistakenly believe apology leaves them liable for error'

    BasketPress's comment 26-May-2015 4:34 pm

    IME, the "don't apologise as it is a potential admission of liability" is what we were instructed by trust management, supposedly, so I was told, in the light of guidance from the trust legal department. This means that either our management, for whatever reason, were giving inaccurate instructions or the trust legal dept were giving inaccurate advice... My first inclination was always to say sorry.

  • Comment on: Start of new system of checks on nurses put back by three months

    BasketPress's comment 27-Apr-2015 10:31 am

    In an ideal world the "third party" bit could be tied to appraisal/JDR. However, as that process is often not at all what it was designed to be I doubt that would work. Given that nurses do not have anything like protected or guaranteed time for training, there are constant battles with managers for funding and time for any training (assuming anything relevant to one's work is available), could the NMC please suggest how this can be achieved?

  • Comment on: Tories set out NHS workforce pledges in election manifesto

    BasketPress's comment 15-Apr-2015 1:40 pm

    And will the "new funding" for MH go so far as to make up for what has been cut in the last 5 years?

  • Comment on: Nurse contribution 'often invisible' in NHS policy, says academic

    BasketPress's comment 17-Mar-2015 9:41 am

    Not to forget that many trusts used removing Band 7 posts as an easy hit for trimming budgets over the last few years, thus removing many more specialist or experienced nurses and also chopping off any career development for those at Band 6 with knock on effects for Band 5... That's how important we are.

  • Comment on: Clegg promises investment increase for children's mental health

    BasketPress's comment 17-Mar-2015 9:16 am

    Dear Nick Clegg, You, as Deputy PM, have presided over cuts to CAMHS (my anecdotal experience as a former CAMHS senior nurse is that the NHS England figure is an under-estimate), and many other allied services (school nursing, educational psychology and welfare, not-for-profit services and...and...), but you expect us to over-look your record in office throughout this parliament and believe your pie in the sky promises for what you would do if in office again. There is an old phrase which seems relevant here: by their actions shall ye know them. I've seen your actions: I know you, but propriety (and fear of having my post moderated away) prevent me from saying what that is. Stop telling lies!

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