All posts from: April 2012
One parent has cancer, and has been on the Liverpool Care Pathway for weeks. She and her family have received excellent care and support, which has focused on keeping her comfortable and offering emotional and practical support to her and her loved ones.
You realise what trouble we are in when policy advice is being given on whether it is best to look after patients on a trolley in A&E or on a trolley in a ward corridor. We seem to have got past the point where either of these situations are unacceptable and are now being seen as inevitable.
Listening to recent news reports on discharge from hospital at night I wondered where were the nurses representing the needs of a 94-year-old man sent home at 1am in the morning.
After all, who would ever assume the bulk of NHS care commissioning could be done effectively without the involvement of the largest group of health professionals.
It was probably not much of a surprise to nurses out there on the frontline that their experiences are nearer to those of nurses in Greece, a country facing economic meltdown, than nurses in countries we would feel more usually feel comparable with such as Holland.