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Nursing union calls for tougher regulation after Mid Staffs

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Unison has called for action to be taken on the “shocking” report to be taken immediately.

Karen Jennings, the union’s head of health, said strong regulation must be introduced and that hospitals must be accountable to parliament.

“The clear lesson from this report is that public protection cannot be delivered by light touch regulation,” she said.

“A lack of regulation led to the banking crisis and it cannot work in a hospital with life or death situations. We need strong governance and accountability as part of the hospital’s recovery plan.”

Ms Jennings also criticised Monitor’s scrutiny of Mid Staffs as a foundation trust, and she said the problems might have been identified sooner if staff had been listened to.

“Staff are the barometer of how well a hospital is being run and managed,” she said.

“The hospital was ticking all the right boxes, but the staff were unhappy. This was never acted upon.”

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  • the union should also fight for staff ratio to patients numbers as this is the route of all the problems and all hospitals have the same problem and if a enquiry was to be done at all hospitals the same results will show with staffs hospital

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  • Is this the same UNISON that ignored my cries for help repeatedly? I was under tremendous pressure with bullying recently, and ended up having to leave my job. Luckily, UNISON was there to side with the management, and hung me out to dry. UNISON are just another branch of management within the NHS.

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  • UNISON are part of the NHS hierarchy, they are NOT there for help or protection, they are there to pretend that someone cares about nurses. They don't, nobody cares. That's why our wages will NEVER be close to doctors, teachers, policemen etc, even when they bring in Degree level entry for nurses. UNISON DON'T CARE!

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