NHS - What the hell's this?

#1
Forty-three hospital patients starved to death last year and 111 died of thirst while being treated on wards.

I've personally been subject to some pretty grisly treatment in foreign (African) hospitals, and seen some worse than that, but I'd tend to expect slightly better at home.

This is astonishing. Every other day some Polly Toynbee or other claims that we have the best health service in the world, but ...

Seriously. It's not good enough. Who's going to sort it out? The Labour/Conservative/Liberal crews? I don't trust any of them anymore. I despair.
 

Grumblegrunt

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#2
seems odd considering the way they throw sandwiches at you.

yet more proof that the lack of student nurses has wrecked the system IMO
 
#3
seems odd considering the way they throw sandwiches at you.

yet more proof that the lack of student nurses has wrecked the system IMO
The student nurses and newly qualified nurses that are there now, are struggling with the stresses of the job due to lack of staff.

Currently managed by an utter shower of shit.
 
#5
Nurses no longer nurse, they see themselves as sort of delegated doctors, with Health Care Assistants and Volunteers roped in to do the really grizzly jobs. It is no surprise that patients fall through the system.

A degree being the only route into the profession was a disastrous decision. A lot of eminently suitable people who have a genuine interest in care are discouraged by the formality of a three year degree. I struggle to see how a 10,000 word dissertation is a necessary precondition for proficient nursing skills.
 

jarrod248

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#6
Nurses no longer nurse, they see themselves as sort of delegated doctors, with Health Care Assistants and Volunteers roped in to do the really grizzly jobs. It is no surprise that patients fall through the system.

A degree being the only route into the profession was a disastrous decision. A lot of eminently suitable people who have a genuine interest in care are discouraged by the formality of a three year degree. I struggle to see how a 10,000 word dissertation is a necessary precondition for proficient nursing skills.
I'm sure you're correct Nurses do nothing anymore, they just sit about and consider who they're going to starve to death next. What else would they be doing other than hiding water and food.
 
#7
NHS treats terminal anorexia patients, shock horror - read all about it?

There was a bit on the radio about dehydration, apparently there can be a special risk with certain conditions and possibly a training or staffing issue.
 

Grumblegrunt

LE
Book Reviewer
#8
The past few times I've been at their mercy I have generally found them rude, obstructive and more interested in their mobile phones. they also seem to have forgotten some of basics.

patient care has gone tits up as figures are more important.

a friend of ours did nursing late and is now a secretary at a screening unit which strikes me as a waste of resources.
 
#9
Next year 10,000 - 14,000 of us will die from smoking related diseases.

Next year 40,000 of us will die from medical negligence.
 
#13
#14
I'm sure you're correct Nurses do nothing anymore, they just sit about and consider who they're going to starve to death next. What else would they be doing other than hiding water and food.
Yes that was my precise implication, thanks for clarifying it for me.
 
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MrsBee

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#16
I'm going to go against the grain here and say, most of the nurses I have been in the care of have been lovely and helpful, the ICU nurses were my favourite. They were obviously rushed off their feet and overworked but they did the best they could.

I have had 1 nurse be a complete waste of time who caused me immense pain by squeezing my IV bag because she felt the fluid wasn't going in quick enough not realising I had a blue needle in a paediatric size cannula! But hen I spoke to the other nurse she said she's hopeless and not very liked, there's always one bad egg but I feel it's not fair to tar a entire profession with the same brush.
 
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count_duckula

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#17
THERE AREN'T ENOUGH NURSES. THE TELEGRAPH HATES THE NHS, AS IT IS VAGUELY SOCIALIST. STATISTICS ARE BULLSHIT. Thread done, no need to thank me.
 
#19
I'm sure you're correct Nurses do nothing anymore, they just sit about and consider who they're going to starve to death next. What else would they be doing other than hiding water and food.
Shirking their responsibilities, for a start. If they treated kids with the same disdain and contempt they seem to treat geriatrics, the media would be screaming for blood.

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#20
Last time I was in for tests there were only just enough nurses to do the job. One to take my blood pressure, another one to weigh me, another two to ask me questions.
Thank god the last two were on hand to help up the nurse who had weighed me when she fell flat on her face after getting her leg caught in the couch she was sitting on swinging her legs whilst I was being asked the questions.
 

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