Patients were forced to wait two months to have their hair washed because nurses said it was not their job to help the sick bathe or shower, a damning report says.
The report said: “We spoke with a patient on ward 18 who told us they had repeatedly asked staff for a bath or shower and had been told it wasn’t their job to provide this.
Patients in the hospital’s acute medical unit told how they were left “very embarrassed” after being ordered to use pads for incontinence, and sleep in soiled ones, because staff were too busy to help them use a commode.
We might make a useful linguistic distinction here.
There is “treating” patients which might mean diagnosing them, curing them, providing simply palliative care and so on. Then there is nursing, the taking care of the human being while all of this is done. Training the people who used to do the latter to do the former might have some sense to it. But only if there’s still someone around to do that latter.
Making nurses all professional with degrees and prescribing powers is just fine. But there’s still got to be someone doing the nursing these are now too professional to do.
A spokesman for Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, said: “The report does note that we have made progress since the last CQC inspection in February 2014, and we are pleased that our staff received a rating of ‘Good’ for providing a caring, kind, and compassionate service.”
Caring, yes, lovely word, isn’t it?