Letters 2013—a horrible year for nursing

A programme of “compassionate conversations” to help staff cope

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1400 (Published 12 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1400
  1. Sharryn E Gardner, paediatric consultant1
  1. 1Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust, Southport PR8 6PN, UK
  1. sharryngardner{at}nhs.net

2013 was a terrible year for the NHS as a whole, and for nurses in particular.1 There is a dichotomy between most staff who remain compassionate in very challenging circumstances and those few who have lapses in compassion. Edmund Burke said that good men need only do nothing to allow evil to triumph (he was speaking of lapses rather than actual evil). Many may have known something, but …

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