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Poor care 'still haunts campaigner'


This is now 2013' while no human being cannot be appalled by what was supposed to have gone on at mid staffs it is 8 years on. Trusts need to take a long hard look at the matron role, we would love to be out on the wards more supervising, supporting, impacting on direct care, challenging, leading the nursing profession but where are we? In the office attending 100's of emails, ticking boxes, signing off orders online as the ward managers could not have possibly be trusted o order the stationary, answering complaints about canceled ops, waiting lists, consultants attitudes, checking that all an d sundry has done friends and family tests. Huge patches that prove impossible to manage properly , making sure that we dont dare be to proactive in case it costs money. Chasing beds and answering why you have not used the discharge lounge for some elderly patients for whom the length of stay has been pushed back so far they can just about get of bed. All in the name efficiency; this is part of the problem,unless investment is made to re look at he devolved responsibilities we will continue to be onto a loser to shape (not change as we know how to care for patients)the face of frontline nursing. We have got to stop living in the past, but not forget, ensure that every hospital delivers good care to be proud of, ensure we are adequately staffed and also manage patient /families expectations. Your relative will not get immediate care when they ring the bell, you will be encouraged to help with feeding and caring and why s that? Because wards are now full if dependent patients, no patients are able to help with the tea trolley, they are too ill or frail, and there are only so many nurses to go round, bad as it sounds that is how it is with only so much money to pay the bills. Think of what we could have done with the money the Francis report cost............telling us about things that went on in 2005 - 2009; this is 2013.

Posted date

27 May, 2013

Posted time

7:08 am