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 July and if you have any suggestions for next month (without being unnecessarily rude, please).
Nurse on hand to save life of dog walker on way to work
Theresa Winter, a specialist cardiac nurse, was fortunately on hand last month to successfully give cardiopulmonary resuscitation to a dog walker who had collapsed in the street. Ms Winter saved the man’s life, having left home early to start her shift at the intensive care ward at the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre in Chelmsford. By incredible good fortune, she was one of the first people on the scene when 58-year-old Colin Rushen collapsed. “It was a beautiful moment when his pulse returned,” she said, adding that she then continued her journey to work and later that evening Mr Rushen came under her care again, following successful surgery.
British houses of parliament
Nurse Conservative MPs last month voted against lifting the public sector pay cap – despite some having raised concerns about its impact on the profession. The Labour Party tabled an amendment to the Queen’s Speech, calling for the removal of the policy, which limits annual rises to 1%, but the vote was defeated. During a debate on the speech, Maria Caulfield, MP for Lewes, said “we need to look at the pay structure for nurses, as well as the pay freeze”, noting nurses had to work bank shifts to supplement wages. But later she, and Conservative MPs Anne Milton and Nadine Dorries, voted against the amendment.