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Exclusive: Palliative care threatened by staff shortages


Not sure about the legality aspect you mentioned in the comment above. However, back onto the point. You are right about the suitability of current training but the crux of the matter is that there is not joined up thinking about the government plans. They want more people to die at home but there are less staff and less resources to care for them. Society has changed and the capitalist mentality does not account for anything emotional but is money driven. Families are dissipated not nuclear so care is often not kept 'in the family'. Even in nursing, the attitudes have changed. As an over 50 Palliative Care trained nurse myself, I can't remember a time when nurses were so frequently, openly or publicly accused of neglect, poor care or lack of empathy. Is it just nurse training or social morality and sensitivity that is lacking? The point is, (sorry, I am rambling), palliative care is a very emotional and autonomous nursing speciality. Many people do not choose to go into it because of this. Many nurses want the money but not the responsibility. Likewise Palliative Care is not full of gadgets to tweek or machines to attend to. Palliative caer is not seen as 'very sexy' in our highly desensitised health service. No Holby City or real life A& E. Also don't forget there are going to be a whole heap of elderly, burnt out, exhausted nurses who are working beyond the retirement age stopping the younger nurses from getting jobs so perhaps people will take up these 'difficult to fill posts'? Oh, the future of health care is dire!!!! Please will the Government start to think sensibly about all these changes and plan properly and not on some whim of an idea. Think joined up!!!

Posted date

6 December, 2011

Posted time

11:47 am