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Who are our heroes and villains for December?

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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

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 December and if you have any suggestions for next month (without being unnecessarily rude, please).



Frenchman's Bay. Much of the South Shields' coastline is undeveloped, in part as a result of natural sea erosion

Heroes and villains

Source: Paulking82

South Shields coastline

Tyneside mental health nurse Phil Brown is aiming to set up a cliff-top “community hub” to reduce suicide attempts at the cliffs at South Shields by providing a place of safety and someone to talk to. Mr Brown has already created a coastal marker system to help guide emergency crews called to incidents at a local beauty spot. He said: “I go out running at night and I have come across a number of people who have been at the cliff edge, lost in their thoughts and struggling with life. If, we could have somewhere, where people who are struggling can go and just sit and have a cuppa and a chat, it could help to save their life,” he told the Shields Gazette. Good luck Phil.




Eamonn Holmes

Heroes and villains

Source: Eric the Fish

Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford in 2013

ITV This Morning presenter Eamonn Holmes appeared to decide he was more an of an expert on the NHS than his two guests this week after an angry rant during a debate on the current winter crisis, which was picked up by a number of tabloids including The Sun. But he also appeared to gloss over the efforts of NHS staff at the end of the piece when he interrupted wife and co-presenter Ruth Langsford, after she said: “We agree on the point that people who do work in the NHS are incredible.” Interjecting, he said: “That’s not the point. That’s always taken for granted.” In contrast, Nursing Times happens think that is a key point that should not be taken for granted, given the current shortage of nurses.


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