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Modern healthcare systems are at odds with 'compassion'

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The increasing scope and sophistication of modern healthcare may be putting strain on care and compassion in the NHS and heath systems across the world.

This is the conclusion of a debate paper commissioned by the NHS Confederation and authored by Robin Youngson, a UK-trained anaesthetist and clinical leader in New Zealand.

He claims that policies that rely on incentives and penalties ‘fundamentally miss the point’. He argues that care needs to focus on ‘nurturing a humane quality of understanding suffering in others and the desire to do something about it’.

Nigel Edwards, director of policy at the NHS Confederation, said: ‘This presents a major cultural, clinical, management and leadership challenge for which the NHS must prepare.

‘Individuals within the system must also take action,’ he said. ‘Emphasis must be placed on staff taking a personal responsibility for behaving with compassion."

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  • I've been a nurse for 37years and feel that people are treated more like numbers to maintain goverment targets, Compassion seams to lost above ward level and I feel strongly about this. I currently work as a sister on strole rehabilation unit and length of stay issues are always talked about and patients moved with complex discharge needs one rehabilation is completed whilst awaiting carepackages or equipment even though they have comunication issues and in my professional opinion would be far better catered for within the unit till discharge. This causes upset with patient, carers and discharge planners

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