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Cameron told nursing review 'must look at staffing'


"Mr Cameron said the problems were due to nurses being taken away from frontline care. He said: “If we want dignity and respect, we need to focus on nurses and the care they deliver. Caring for patients is what nurses do. Everything else comes second.”" what on earth is this man talking about? He is merely repeating what he has been told like a parrot apparently without demonstrating any knowledge or understanding of what he is saying. It would appear he is just trying to collect positive strokes and attention and brownie points from his electorate. Nurses are autonomous professionals who have the capacity of exercising their own clinical judgement and have been pointing out in great numbers what resources they require to do their job adequately and to the highest standards which includes having sufficient and appropriately qualified staff to carry out all the complex tasks this involves. If they have chosen this profession it is because they have chosen to care for patients and provide them with the best and most professional care they possibly can and not to be fobbed off with any less so that they are unable to do what they have been trained for and to the detriment of the health and safety of their patients as well as their own well-being. As their claims have gone totally unheeded for so long and standards of care, which they have been unable to maintain, have dropped drastically and to unsafe levels this has quite rightly caused a public outcry and attracted considerable media attention with some very damning reports about poor care. Mr Cameron now realising that some action on his part needed to be taken, says "...we now need to focus on nurses and the care they deliver..." but why are nurses not deemed capable of using their own highly developed clinical judgement to identify and express their own needs for the the patients in their charge and why is this not being seriously listened to and acted upon? Perhaps we all need to focus more sharply on Mr Cameron and his politicians and scrutinise far more closely the work they are delivering to those they are supposed to be serving. Furthermore, I agree, as I have posted elsewhere, Mr. Cameron needs to gain some experience if he wishes to get involved in and properly understand the work of nurses and the care they deliver, not by briefly visiting a few wards where a show has been staged for him, but roll up his sleeves and 'tuck in his tie' and work on all the different shifts for a prolonged period of a minimum of one month!

Posted date

9 January, 2012

Posted time

12:31 pm