“Experienced nurses should have the authority to decide if patients should be resuscitated, according to new guidelines to health professionals.”
From personal experience and from the experiences of some of my friends and loved ones who have been hospitalised, I am all too well aware of the sorry state of nursing in the NHS in England. There are a great many dedicated, compassionate nursing staff no doubt….but I have seen things and heard things (while lying in hospital beds day and night) that would make your hair stand on end. I have friends who are nurses themselves, who recoil in horror as they tell of the antics, apathay and atrocious behaviour of their colleagues.
Some of the things I have witnessed or heard first hand….patients who have breathing difficulties ignored by nursing staff…. incapacitated patients left with their heads in their meals…not being fed….left in soiled clothing and beds ….patients in pain, ringing bed buzzers for hours on end through the night while nursing staff order take-out meals and play games such as locking one another in cupboards. No! there is no way, with the NHS as it is, that nursing staff should be given the authority to make any such momentous decisions about a patients life. For some nursing staff, however small a minority they may be in the scheme of things, patients are a burden and an inconvenience and nursing is not a vocation, but a job. Particular disrespect and intolerance is shown towards the elderly, a generation of people most greatly in need of care.
It’s almost laughable that at a point in which our hospitals are so MRSA filled that patients are sent home to recover almost immediately that they have had operations, that nurses – senior ones at that, who I would suggest may have saved many more lives by ensuring the cleanliness of their wards – are now to be given the authority to turn off the power supply of the most needy and vulnerable people in our country.
What’s puzzling to me is that apparantly these senior nurses are ‘experienced’ and yet there seems to be no evidence of it. Do they have experience of turning off and on life support on their own summation of a case, even before this new ruling was bought into being?
Clever, clever British Medical Association….BMA for short….or ‘bet my ass’ that there’s going to be less people being admitted to or admitting themselves to hospital until this new ruling is revoked. But then, perhaps that was the plan? The NHS is always bemoaning bed shortages, after all…