What the .......? Curb the growth? How about curbing the decline?
Does the baby get a choice?
Comment on: 'We must evolve our terminology to reflect our approach to care. Let's start with 'service user''
Well said, Rebecca. I hate the term. A 'service user', to me, is somebody who has chosen to be in the position he is in and decided which is the service he is going to choose. It works fine if you're deciding who is going to come and repair your roof. And I am not a 'service provider', which sounds more like somebody from the leisure and hospitality industry. I am a nurse, not a hotelier.
People who need care from nurses and doctors are patients. Why do we have such a problem with that? Are we so scared of patronising or offending our patients that we have to give them a title that makes them seem less in need of our help? That does not 'empower' them (another buzzword I hate)? Patients actually prefer the term patients. They are not all over-sensitive, anxious individuals who feel devalued by having to have help at some point in their lives.
I could go on but I fear the readers will become bored.........
So where is this money to come from? Like everybody else, our trust is overspent and this is never going to be realistic. The (dare to say it) old-fashioned method of apprenticeship, moving on to full pay when fully-trained, left nobody in debt at the end of their training. I certainly wouldn't want to start training now, knowing that at the end of three years I would have massive debts or a massive loan to repay and - despite the shortage of nurses - no guarantee of a job that would enable me to pay it.