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Who are our heroes and villains for June?

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



Manchester Evening News Arena

Healthcare student first named victim of Manchester attack

Manchester Arena

The 22 May 2017 will now forever be linked to the vile terror attack on the Manchester Arena. Hopefully, the response of the city’s nurses and other healthcare workers will also be remembered as long, whether calmly putting previously-rehearsed plans into action or rushing into work to see what they could do to help colleagues. Their actions in treating and caring for the injured on that night and over the following days sends the strongest message there can be to those that seek to maim and kill. This month we spoke to six of Manchester’s heroic nurses – read their stories in Nursing Times.



Scottish National Party

Nurse finds herself at centre of election smear campaign

Scottish Sun’s headline

The Scottish Sun ran a story entirely devoted to exposing a nurse who dared question Scotland’s first minister during a TV election debate last month on poor pay and using foodbanks. Claire Austin found herself the subject of a tabloid smear campaign for her supposedly “swanky” lifestyle. The paper featured screen-grabbed pictures from social media of her drinking sparkling wine, holidaying in New York, and eating at “the posh” Malmaison hotel. Not content with its initial ‘scoop’, it ran a follow-up about the police being called to a row involving Ms Austin and a neighbour. Not journalism at its finest.



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