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John Hunt

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  • Comment on: ‘Not having the right bowel care is demeaning’

    John Hunt's comment 26 March, 2011 7:41 pm

    I began training in 2005: but manual evacuation was not listed amongst the competencies, either as mandatory or even as optional.

    Neither during training nor since have I encountered the procedure. In the nursing home where I work, some residents are on laxatives: prescribed mostly daily, though sometimes PRN. Some are on three different laxatives.

    There is also a short list of "homely [sic] remedies" which nurses are permitted to give without prescription: e.g. paracetamol, or honey-and-lemon. Residents not on prescribed laxatives sometimes suffer constipation: yet, as no remedy is included in the list, the action taken is variable.

  • Comment on: ‘Not having the right bowel care is demeaning’

    John Hunt's comment 26 March, 2011 2:11 pm

    I began training in 2005: but manual evacuation was not listed amongst the competencies, either as mandatory or even as optional.

    Neither during training nor since have I encountered the procedure. In the nursing home where I work, some residents are on laxatives: prescribed mostly daily, though sometimes PRN. Some are on three different laxatives.

    There is also a short list of "homely [sic] remedies" which nurses are permitted to give without prescription: e.g. paracetamol, or honey-and-lemon. Residents not on prescribed laxatives sometimes suffer constipation: yet, as no remedy is included in the list, the action taken is variable.

  • Comment on: A Christian nurse suspended for offering to pray has sparked health care and religion debate

    John Hunt's comment 1 March, 2009 10:47 am

    "Anonymous" says that the PCT is living in the Dark Ages. While the PCT may have overreacted, [though this nurse was previously warned about mixing religion with work], I believe that the PCT is trying to bring staff into the 21st century.

    Current EU legislation advocating freedom of religious belief has led to vastly excessive pandering to any organisation or individual claiming to act from religious conviction. Balance must urgently be restored.

    Faiths include [though are not limited to] anglicans, animists, bahaais, baptists, branch davidians, buddhists, catholics, druids, goreans, hindus, jains, jedi, jehovah's witnesses, jews, methodists, mormons, muslims, ndokis, pagans, parsees, pastafarians, quakers, rastafarians, satanists, scientologists, shintoists, sikhs, taoists, voodooists, and wiccans. What are the clinical indications for applying the rites or rituals of any of these "schools"? What robust evidence for the efficacy of these procedures? What guidelines as to how they should be applied: e.g. facing which point of the compass or during which phase of the moon?

    Health professionals should stick to healthcare. That is what we are paid for. Patients wishing complementary treatments should seek these elsewhere: not risk having their faith in healthcare compromised by unauthorised and unprescribed treatments, and other whacky ideas.

  • Comment on: Patient Safety Congress: Minister calls for 'honesty' in reporting safety incidents

    John Hunt's comment 26 May, 2008 4:14 pm

    Ann Keen is a hypocrite.
    Why, as minister, is she "not sure" the report goes far enough? What does she do, to justify all the perks? Milking public funds is not honest. She has broken no rules: only because there is no effective regulation.
    The Picker in-patient survey slated the four hospital trusts on her doorstep. Last month local press reported three patients complained about "appalling treatment", quoting one: "I even had to help a 101-year-old feed herself … the whole experience made me embarrassed to say I'm a nurse".
    Sunday Times, 25th May: "Health minister Ann Keen’s expenses scam" [front page] + full-page: "The high life offered to MPs through expenses".