Letter to the Guardian...
Sir, So it seems that the nurses are to blame for the deaths at
Mid-Staffs according to the Health Secretary: "Nurses
must spend a year on basic care" - Guardian 26th March.
Conveniently targeting a lower paid group while ignoring the real
causes of the tragedy, i.e. the ridiculous race to turn hospitals
into Foundation Trusts and the failure of the hospital Board and
commissioners to recognise the disaster, is scapegoating at its
Of course nurses need to ensure that compassion runs central to
their practice and they need not to be above the basic skills of
care but making them spend a further year in training won't achieve
that; ensuring that wards are properly staffed and that health care
focuses on care not profit, will.
Green Party Health Spokesperson and Registered Nurse
56-64 Leonard Street