In an interview with a local newspaper, Sir Stephen said:……….“There is something fundamentally wrong with the nursing profession and the way it is focussed at the moment.
You\’re in a position to know, certainly.
Unions and professional bodies have suggested that the problems are down to staff being over-worked or forced to focus on Government targets rather than providing personal care.
But other commentators have claimed that too much care is now provided by cheap healthcare assistants, who do not need to meet national training standards and who are not regulated by a professional body; or that nurses think they are “above” feeding and cleaning patients now that they have to be university-educated.
That last fits my prejudices: when you\’ve professionalised all the nurses you still need someone to do the nursing.
Certainly, if those stories of the elderly dying through dehydration are correct there most certainly is something wrong with nursing.