Opinion Piece Edit

For a long time, the National Health Service’s quality of care has been questioned, so is it really a shocker that Watchdog has revealed one in four hospitals are providing inadequate care?

With specialist nursing schools almost wiped out, it’s impossible for medical students to receive the proper bedside manner training, which is something hospital staffs severely lack nowadays. Leicester Royal Infirmary had 275 complaints in 2010, followed by The Ipswich Hospital with 205. The BBC even stated that the care performances in some areas pose a direct elevated risk to patients — it’s not right, at all.

The NHS’s obsession with having fancy degrees means very little when their employees with said fancy degrees don’t have basic caring skills. It’s atrocious that the place people go to get better is where they are being treated so poorly.

My mother was a nurse for forty years before retiring; when she first qualified, it was all about making sure the patients were as peaceful as can be — now that’s all history. If medical staff can’t make sure that the patients they are there to help are comfortable, what else are they failing at? (Hospital meals come to mind.)

“Qualified nursing staff don’t have the commitment to the patients, it’s the Health Care Assistants who carry out the physical bedside care,” my mother stated during one hospital care debate, “Nurses spend most of their time in the offices,” she added.

I read a news article about Basildon Hospital being accused of making patients “give up” on life; An ex-patient’s two daughters claimed their father passed away in Basildon Hospital because of the nurse’s and doctor’s bedside attitudes! Talk about being inadequate…

This needs to be addressed, and fast. Before patients get sicker and quality of care gets even worse.