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Doctors have become more caring than nurses

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7241.1083 (Published 15 April 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1083
  1. M Fletcher, nurse and health service manager
  1. Birmingham

    How life changes. As a clinical nurse, manager, and educationalist who is about to celebrate 25 years in nursing in some guise or another, never would I have imagined that I would admit that the medical profession has become more caring than my own. Yes, those very same nurses, who I believed prided themselves in providing high quality personal care, the real essence of nursing, have changed. What I see now bears little resemblance to the service I entered. An unfeeling leviathan seems to have been created.

    Nurses must take stock of where nursing is going before it is too late

    Sadly, I reach this conclusion after a short spell in a large teaching hospital. I had what ministers would describe as a patient experience. Many members of my profession will undoubtedly view me as a heretic, and I can understand them. But nurses must take stock of where nursing …

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