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'It seems that we are guilty until proven innocent in the eyes of the NMC'

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Your comments on the NMC, plans to reduce the use of antibiotics and the effect of too much paperwork

NMC deflects attention from causes of poor care

We live in a society where blame is apportioned for pretty much anything (“Regulator highlights progress but admits room for improvement”). I am certain that there are nurses out there who fully deserve to be reported to the NMC. However, some are reported that definitely do not deserve to be, and where it is evident that no harm has befallen anyone. Unfortunately, the current system does not recognise the difference until the individual concerned has suffered greatly.

There has to be a modicum of common sense applied when complaints are received. Jackie Smith’s comments that the NMC is now on the radar and that patients are now more inclined to complain about the care they receive is very telling.

It seems that we are guilty until proven innocent in the eyes of the NMC with the process that has to be followed a destructive one. The nurse who has done nothing is treated the same way as a nurse who has caused irreparable harm. This is shameful. Through blaming the individual nurse, the NMC’s sole purpose is to deflect public attention away from the real causes of poor care: lack of resources, inadequate training and ineffective management.



Scheme will reduce use of antibiotics

This is great news (“Colour changing dressing ‘will reduce antibiotic use”). More advances like this in medicine and nursing will help reduce the use of antibiotics and avoid continuing antibiotic resistance.

Yes, it’s also important to test fungal infections too, but this is a first great step to safely lowering antibiotic prescriptions.

Catherine Civer,


Too much paperwork is ‘bludgeoning’ nurses

Sadly this is so very true (“A culture of mass paperwork has set nursing staff up to fail”). Nurses have all been bludgeoned into the “if it isn’t written down it didn’t happen” fallacy.

We are fighting against the straight jacket of one-size -fits-all tickbox protocols and paperwork. I am about to retire but have been battling to achieve just such streamlined interdisciplinary patient-centred record keeping, and every time it’s nearly been achieved someone – usually a manager – comes up with a reason to subvert it. It’s tragic.

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Across-the-board pay rises are impractical

So this survey of 2,000 people found that just over 1,000 of those felt that the government could afford to pay nurses more (“Public supports better pay for nurses, says RCN”). Therefore the headline that the majority of people in the UK believe this is inaccurate.

The public know there is not enough money for public sector pay increases. The purse is empty and services are being cut or removed altogether. Many NHS workers, such as radiographers, occupational therapists etc, are in the same boat. The public would support across-the-board pay increases if it were possible but know it is not affordable without increased taxation.

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