On The Pulse
In my experience, the ‘NHS winter crisis’ has been little more than a sequence of words that seem to crop up every year or so, get mentioned on the news, then disappear into a fog of yesterday’s news.
Google “Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba” and you’ll find a raft of supportive opinions from the British Medical Journal, medic bloggers and fellow doctors who believe she’s a scapegoat.
Unlike in many other European countries, responsibility for laundering uniforms in the UK has mainly been handed to nurses themselves. Gone are the days when at the end of your shift you could go to your locker, change out of your dirty uniform, put it into a laundry basket and then collect it crisp and neatly folded from the hospital laundry a few days later.
There are not enough nurses, the ones we have got are being demoralised because the NHS is not providing them with enough training, and many are working in dreadful conditions that means they cannot possibly provide care to the standard that is required and that they want to.
“When there aren’t enough professional nurses, things get missed, patients notice, and this affects their confidence in the quality of the hospital and the care they receive.”
Do you sometimes feel as if jargon does too much talking in healthcare? I sometimes hear nurses say that they or their colleagues use it to make themselves feel better about how clever they are, but in doing so, they miss the point – it doesn’t make their patients or service users feel better.
Who, in the UK health system, can honestly say that they have a clear understanding of the different job titles used in the nursing professions? Surely no more than a handful of people.
Hospitals are like foreign countries, where the familiar cultural norms don’t apply – or rather, that’s what they are like for patients. Where else would you disclose the most private information to strangers, or allow them to perform intimate – and often painful or unpleasant – procedures on you?
Are we taking mental health seriously enough?Subscription
In recent years, mental health has been a topic that has received increased coverage – not least due to changing attitudes and effective public campaigns aimed at removing the stigma surrounding the area.
Will the public realise the NHS is broken before it’s too late?