Perhaps the NHS and Dept of Health should look again at the advice pumped out to people that 'half your calories should come from complex carbohydrates. That line has been peddled for the forty years that have seen the exploding levels of obesity and diabetes.
Continental Europeans start the day with protein, not cereals. They eat meat and sauces, plus a plate of vegetables - which may include potatoes. Desserts are tiny and often bypassed in favour of cheese and a garnish of fresh fruit. Cakes and desserts are an occasional treat, not a daily sugar fix. And most wouldn't dream of replacing natural oils and fats with 'healthier' manufactured substitutes. And - guess what - they don't get so fat!
Brilliant! Nurse training is patient-facing from the start and involves management skills, as well as good general medical knowledge. Nurse specialist training adds in-depth knowledge and experience. For doctors, the practical and people skills are added in only after a great deal of academic study. Nurses' training probably fits them better to be the gateway to services, saving their doctors as a scarce resource to be utilised where needed.
So other countries that can afford to have experts on duty during office hours also suffer higher mortality rates when the experts aren't on duty? Quelle surprise!
Comment on: RCN members oppose covert filming in care homes
Would anyone now seriously suggest that police interviews with suspects should not be recorded? Yet when the Police and Criminal Evidence Act was being considered it was hugely opposed by police representatives. The sealed recordings are an insurance for all parties that what happens during an interview is open to inspection and not a matter of one person's word against another. Camera and sound recordings in care situations can provide much needed protection for all.
I do hope more sensible voices will prevail in the Government. Far from cutting premiums for unsocial hours, NHS trusts would save money by improving them to attract dedicated staff to provide a seamless service, rather than relying on bank and agency personnel drafted in at great expense to fill gaping holes in cover, much of that money being wasted on fees.