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  • Hospital trusts are 'fiddling' patient mortality data, claims report

    George Kuchanny's comment 31 March, 2014 6:08 pm

    When we get to 'palliative care' we find that it is too often a euphemism for 'sedate to death'. These are two very different things. Check out what the Belgians mean by 'palliative care' quite remarkable.

  • Care home matron who 'took sex toy to work' was 'brilliant nurse'

    George Kuchanny's comment 31 March, 2014 6:01 pm

    No problem tinkerbell. After looking at Lord Falconer's effort on Pulse I think my marbles have gone as well. Weasel words from a well bred milksop (unelected) who probably has no idea how his unwanted and unnecessary legislation desires will be misused. Bonkers is kind to I will leave it at that.

    On the headline story here I hope the NMC have by now shredded the complaint stuffed it in an envelope and returned it to the complainant! First class post naturally.

  • NICE calls for ban on smoking in hospitals

    George Kuchanny's comment 31 March, 2014 5:56 pm

    Hi Nick,
    Yep. I have forgotten the joke but it was removed a while ago. Must have been a bad joke indeed!

  • Care home matron who 'took sex toy to work' was 'brilliant nurse'

    George Kuchanny's comment 22 March, 2014 5:01 am

    Apologies. Errata in last comment - 'futile care like food' should read ' purportedly 'futile' care like food.

    Red mist descending after reading what the Belgians are up to before logging on here is to blame. Gone bananas over there apparently, just extended their euthanasia brief to include children, the depressed and anyone they dislike. You can now interpret their law to include just about anyone. Mayhem. Nurses euthanising each other after a squabble next...

    Good opportunity exists here for the Chancellor. Open a few old fogey homes for the Dutch who are fleeing their own country in abject terror.

    Advert may read "Come to Bayview UK - only £400 a week" followed by a nice byline on how you will be greeted with a cheery "How's it hanging today Inspector Van Der Valk? Solved that 1954 case that was bothering you, you shrivelled old thing?Fancy a mackerel?"

  • Link found between high salt consumption and ageing

    George Kuchanny's comment 22 March, 2014 4:50 am

    "Ahar Jim lad!" bellowed the wrinkly old sea dog. "More salt on them chips please" he added.

  • Care home matron who 'took sex toy to work' was 'brilliant nurse'

    George Kuchanny's comment 22 March, 2014 4:35 am

    I catch your drift tinkerbell. I think Ms Montero was commenting on this caring nurse's way of interacting with people she was in charge of. Like anon above my feeling is that they have been used to being coddled by an overly sycophantic manager for ages. Perhaps nipping off to Australia where folk tell it like it is may straighten their spines a bit.

    I particularly liked the bit:

    "Ms Talbot failed to attend an end-of-life meeting with a dementia specialist at the home as she had decided to “go fishing instead”, it was also alleged.

    But Tim Brown, defending Ms Talbot, said she had gone fishing with her partner and his cousins and had brought 20 mackerel back to the home, which had been cooked and served to residents."

    Well done Ms Talbot! Too many 'end of life' 'specialists' banging on about how to covertly euthanise folk with almost no medical knowledge frankly. How hard is it to administer good palliation for heavens sake? Why a 'specialist'? There really is so little to understand. When you get to see the studies a lot of these people publish (some of the poorest and most clinically unsound you are ever likely to read) you begin to feel for true palliative care experts. They are working in a sea of self important bozos who do nothing but twist ethics with weasel words and justify with more weasel words. Bilge the lot of it. Peppered with 'good death' (euthanasia) futile care like food drink and saying 'Morning Mr Curmdudgeon who do hate today?' their papers are a waste of taxpayer dosh better spent on proper nurses.

    I'd sooner have a nice fresh mackerel caught by Ms Talbot any day of the week!

  • Care home matron who 'took sex toy to work' was 'brilliant nurse'

    George Kuchanny's comment 21 March, 2014 10:50 am

    Described by a former colleague as a “really good” clinician who was “really, really kind” to the elderly residents of Asheborough House Care Centre in Saltash, Cornwall. - Good enough for me.

    The rest may well be sour grapes from a group who were unused to going the extra mile for all we know. I presume former colleague Montero is not in a position to benefit from telling porkies when posting this comment.

  • Clinicians 'must say sorry for errors', says Hunt

    George Kuchanny's comment 20 January, 2014 1:27 pm

    I agree with all the comments. Each highlights some of the real dangers of working in a closed Janus culture(good one Tinkerbell). A culture shockingly endemic within the NHS. So bad that an adverse event may be covered and inevitably lead to a cascade of incorrect diagnoses, interventions and withdrawal of 'futile' care. Outcome? Usually death. What for? Face saving, protection of 'reputation' and other frankly trivial concerns.

    The next statement may be an unpalatable truth for Anonymous 14-Jan-2014 9:18 pm to face but it must be stated nonetheless. As Donald Irvine said succinctly many years ago "We have to speak about the unspeakable". The unspeakable being that a patient damaged by a poor intervention is then deliberately made worse and dies as result. This happens when there are no staff shortages, equipment is no problem and time and resources are not stretched.

    Time to consider the effect of incompetence and culture. It can be very bad indeed.

    Delivery of care that is World Class funded and give fifth rate results.

  • BCG vaccine ‘more effective’ than thought

    George Kuchanny's comment 3 January, 2014 8:06 am

    Also used intravesically for bladder cancer! Novel use of a vaccine to say the least...

  • New year honour for Mid Staffs nurse whistleblower

    George Kuchanny's comment 3 January, 2014 8:03 am

    Well said Iama Cynic. The closed culture of seeing but saying or doing nothing about things has ben entirely damaging for years now. Fear of ostracism or damage to career must be a thing of the past. A well deserved OBE and let's see more of 'em in 2014!

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