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Analysis: Francis report to lift lid on how poor care could persist


Poor care exists because we put idiot bean counters in management positions, talk in terms of initiatives and targets and put the patient last instead of at the centre of what we do. Poor care exists when decent staff (of ALL healthcare disciplines), for some reason or reasons, (bullying, lack of cohesion and common purpose, giving up, etc) don't do enough to stop it. Poor care exists because the public expect nurses, in particular, to do the impossible with no staff, no time, a Fairy Liquid bottle and some sticky-back plastic. Poor care exists because successive governments just cannot leave the NHS alone and have all played their part in the wrecking of it. The majority of nurses are the best thing about the NHS. When the Francis Report comes out, it will be incredibly unpleasant for us all. But we must not take the blame for everything. This is a chance to demand, publicly, what we know is required to provide safe care. When the sh*t finally hits the fan on Wednesday, this profession needs to go on the offensive and dare the government not to implement minimum staffing levels, appropriate skill mix ratios, proper resources, etc. The public also needs to wise up and get behind the nursing profession. We want the patient front and centre. They need to help us do that.

Posted date

4 February, 2013

Posted time

11:03 pm