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michael stone

michael stone

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  • Comment on: Osborne has pledged more money for the NHS, but at what cost?

    michael stone's comment 25 November, 2015 10:56 am

    What you write here, is a possibility:

    'Does the government think it already has enough of a fight on its hands with the British Medical Association over junior doctors’ pay?'

    It is also a possibility, that the goverment is more willing to 'pick a fight' with the nursing profession, than with the medical profession, in general.

  • Comment on: 'Every nurse should feel able to speak up'

    michael stone's comment 25 November, 2015 10:44 am

    This is a hugely important issue, and I agree with Jenni (although I think the role of local freedom to speak up guardians is crucial) - see my piece at:

  • Comment on: 'Welcome to the new look Nursing Times'

    michael stone's comment 24 November, 2015 2:19 pm

    Re the Chrome issue - the library I use, is still using XP in the branch libraries, but has just updated to Windows 7 in the central library. At the moment, Chrome works fine with Nursing Times.

    However, the XP libraries, have problems with some websites. The Marie Curie website had a strange one. The default browser [for the XP system] was IE, but you could load Chrome 'temporarily', and with Marie Curie's website IE would get to the website, but the log-in box stayed greyed out and unusable. It worked fine, using Chrome.

    I think these things all tend to be a conflict between 'settings' at either end (the browser and the website) plus, in the case of our library service, the firewall settings: for some reason, the odd article inside NT gets blocked by the library firewall.

    Presumably the older the software, the less likely it is that the problems will be picked up and resolved (and for a brief period, new software will throw up issues as well).

    Computers - great when the work, but ...

  • Comment on: Exclusive: Nurses played ‘key role’ in designing new hospital

    michael stone's comment 20 November, 2015 2:46 pm

    Marvellous, how thinking properly - instead of blindly 'ticking boxes, and 'plan coherence'' - seems to make blindingly obvious 'sense':

    'Innovations include that every ward will have its own chef, who will work closely with nursing staff to cater for children and provide meals as and when needed – an idea that came from nursing staff who had seen the success of the same arrangement in the hospital’s oncology unit.'

    Of course, nurses 'see things' - the nurses are there, caring for these children ! So 'asking the nurses for input', if it is 'innovative', shouldn't be !

  • Comment on: Firms should be ‘creative’ in embracing whistleblowers

    michael stone's comment 20 November, 2015 1:51 pm

    The NHS cannot 'learn' from 'concerns' unless it wants to learn - which, as this article points out, means listening to people who raise concerns 'from the perspective of wanting to see if we can improve'.

    I think it is very important, that NHS staff supply their views about the Whistleblowing Consultation - I pointed that out in the DIC discussion forum yesterday, and apparently it is going to be mentioned on a Facebook page:

    This is down to a rather complex mixture involving 'attitude/culture', often conflicting objectives, and also responsibility for decisions (and praise/blame for 'poor decisions'), but the NHS doesn't seem to be getting it right at the moment. In any organisation as complex as the NHS, the opportunity to learn from analyses of 'mistakes' [at a higher than merely personal level - i.e. 'systemic mistakes/flaws'] needs to be grasped.

    Mind you, seeing your own mistakes, tends to be quite difficult - Margaret McCartney has just written a piece for BMJ about the junior doctors strike. She comments in her piece:

    'Jeremy Hunt’s biggest success as health secretary has been to unite the medical profession—against him.'

    So if the medical profession sees the health secretary as the enemy, it isn't surprising that some managers and some front-line NHS staff, are distrustful of each other, and that learning from concerns isn't easy.

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