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Dr Jones quotes a social worker colleague who correctly says that
doctors and nurses are paid to care. They claim to care but find excuses
for the lack of care of their patients. One must ask - as I have already
asked - why are the nurse managers, consultants, quality assurance
directors (if there are still any around),directors of human resources,
the Deans still silent. Have the named nurses vanished?
One of the Rapid Responders had mentioned that in Africa, patients'
relatives and friends go along to care. In England, they would be
considered a nuisance. In any case, there will be few friends and
relatives who could spend hours in hospital as carers - they would be
trying to earn their living.
Why are the chaplains silent? Do they not see their own parishners in
the hospital? And surely they could not ignore an elderly patient crying
out for a drink or calling for a bed-pan? If there are chaplains still
around in hospitals, have they not noticed lack of care? Or, do they feel
embarrassed at calling the attention of the nurse to the patient in need?
If the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Nursing Officer have
voiced their reactions in the BMJ, then I have missed their contribution.