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


When I started on the wards in 1997, sick leave was covered, maternity leave was covered and as soon as someone handed in their notice the job would be advertised. I remember Sister fiddling with the off duty because she wasn't happy with the skill mix on some shifts. When I left the wards in 2007 there was no such thing as 'skill mix', new staff got no preceptorship and were thrown in at the deep end, no sorts of leave were covered and you had one qualified nurse trying to care for 30+ patients with the help of 2 HCAs. There needs to be a ratio. It is playing with people's lives. We filled in 1000s of incident forms too. I have left patients in soiled sheets for hours because I had a patient crash and there were no other staff to help my patients. It's awful. I hope things will change but I think nurses will just get blamed for 'not caring'. Whether that was the case in Staffs I don't know but it certainly isn't where I have worked, the will to give excellent care is very much there.

Posted date

6 February, 2013

Posted time

9:54 am