Do you agree with our choice for this month’s hero and villain?
This year we are kicking off a new slightly tongue-in-cheek section called Heroes and Villains.
Heroes and Villains
Each month, we will be taking 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 August and if you have any suggestions for next month (without being unnecessarily rude, please).
Wigan HCA praised for saving man’s life while on holiday
This example proves that health professionals are never fully off duty, even during the summer holiday season. Healthcare assistant David Quinn, 33, was in the Egyptian resort of Hurghada in June when he pulled a drowning man out of a swimming pool, before successfully giving him cardiopulmonary resuscitation and other first aid. He did all of this great lifesaving work having had “some cocktails”, said Mr Quinn. We echo the words of his ward manager at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust, Jenny Garry-Madden, in saying “well done David”.
Who are our heroes and villains for August?
Controversial media commentator Rod Liddle stuck his ore into the debate on public sector pay last month. In an extraordinarily ignorant editorial in The Sunday Times, he asked whether “anyone should ever be paid more than nurses”, claiming they would “empty your bedpan and mess around with your drip for a while, until someone more senior comes along”. In the column – titled Nurse, I’ve come over all peculiar . . . I don’t think you’re worth more than Gary Lineker – he continued that nurses could get paid more than £40,000 for being “quite useful in hospitals”. Former Royal College of Nursing leader Peter Carter described it as a “truly shocking article”. Nursing Times agrees.