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Who are our heroes and villains for April 2018?

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Do you agree with our choice for this month’s hero and villain?

Welcome to our slightly tongue-in-cheek section called Heroes and Villains.

Heroes and Villains

Heroes and Villains

Each month, we take a generally light-hearted look at who have been the stand-out “goodies” and the “baddies” for nursing and healthcare over the last few weeks.

Let us know if you agree with our choices for April and if you have any suggestions for next month (without being unnecessarily rude, please).



The Island With Bear Grylls

Laura Spence

Laura Spence

Not content with the rigors of working as a nurse in Newcastle, Laura Spence recently featured in the latest series of The Island With Bear Grylls on Channel 4. She was one of 16 people dropped on a remote island in the Pacific, featuring caiman-infested mangroves, deep water, not much food and only each other for company. Just for extra fun, the castaways were divided into two groups – high earners and those earning below the UK national average wage. You can guess which team Laura was in. As well as surviving and providing healthcare, she also found love with fellow castaway Phil McCrae, a glazier from North London.



Self-styled “media GP” Dr Una Coales drew the ire of nurses last month after she used Twitter to argue that the government should not replace junior doctor posts with advanced nursing roles. Her divisive language in relation to nurses and doctors drew criticism on the site from all levels of the nursing and also her own profession. “An NHS nurse with MSc is not the same as a junior doctor with a medical degree and MRCP,” she said. “Don’t let Jeremy Hunt replace real doctors with glorified nurses doing the job of ST3 junior doctors.” She followed this up by stating that “NHS nurses should stick to nursing and not take over junior doctor jobs”, indicating she is not a fan of multi-disciplinary working.

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