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Browbeaten for 39 years and witnessed the NHS slowly but surely go down the pan , with the current regime just about ready to pull the chain and flush it away forever.

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  • Comment on: Journalist to lead new review of healthcare assistants

    Richmondmouse's comment 18 February, 2013 11:45 am

    Susan Markham | 17-Feb-2013 5:01 am

    Timed at 5.01 am is Susan Markham coming to the end of a night shift or her tether? Is she just getting up for work or is she having a bad nights sleep? Has she left her work station unattended to be hi-jacked by a mischief maker?

    Whatever the reason behind that outburst it is completely uncalled for and grist to the mill for those who want to bash the nursing profession even more.

    Dreadful response to innocent remarks.

    An apology or an explanation at the very least is called for.

  • Comment on: Hunt set to unveil anti-bureaucracy drive for NHS staff

    Richmondmouse's comment 12 February, 2013 3:06 pm

    Brid Hehir | 12-Feb-2013 2:19 pm

    Small, individual, electronic devices for use at the patient's bedside that sends their data to a central point where it's continually updated would be a good start.

    We already have them , they're called IPads, but please stop talking sense, it isn't allowed in the NHS.

  • Comment on: Every potential student nurse to face aptitude test in wake of Francis

    Richmondmouse's comment 12 February, 2013 2:31 pm

    As I recall back in the day hospitals had a cadet scheme. Leave school at 16 ( with or without 'O' levels) become a cadet, attend technical college 1 day per week, working towards additional educational qualifications, spend 4 days working in a department within the hospital, learning and understanding what made a hospital work, and then and only then, if you had the pre requisite educational qualifications or could pass the General Nursing Council entrance exam were you offered a place as a student leading to registration.
    Fail and you were given the option of pupil training leading to state enrolment.

    By the time you reached 18 and were let loose on the wards you knew if the career was for you or not. Many of my contemporaries who like me progressed through a cadet scheme remianed within the service until retirement and never lost an ounce of the passion they had years earlier even in the face of a changing service.

    I wonder how the hospital secretary, the two people in personnel, the 3 people in supplies the two records officers and so on and so forth would manage today?

    Keep saying that we shouldn't look back but I often wonder if we really have got it right...... somethings gone wrong somewhere!

  • Comment on: Cameron calls on new nurses to be 'care makers'

    Richmondmouse's comment 7 January, 2013 9:47 am

    The descent into chaos....... or not?

    Take all the emotion out of this issue forget about the emotive terms and lets not forget that people are a the centre of this debate whether they are delivering or receiving care.

    The concept is a simple on to understand so lets employ a little bit of Chinese philosophy to put it in simple terms.

    ""The sage has no interest of his own, but takes the interests of the people as his own. He is kind to the kind; he is also kind to the unkind: for Virtue is kind. He is faithful to the faithful; he is also faithful to the unfaithful: for Virtue is faithful."


  • Comment on: 'Degrees will build in values to underpin and ensure good care'

    Richmondmouse's comment 21 April, 2011 4:10 pm

    Edwin @ 3:45pm

    "Lorraine that was irony"

    Not lost on this dinosuar Edwin, and one of the most entetaining debates I've read here in a long time.

    I suspect there will be more to come.

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