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Are NHS Nurses Really Too Busy To Give Elderly Patients Water?
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Are NHS Nurses Really Too Busy to Give Elderly Patients Water?

A damming report by the Care Quality Commission,  looking at the care of the elderly in the NHS has concluded that one in five hospitals is breaking the law in its level of neglect for the elderly.  So can we expect to see some prosecutions?  No I don’t think so.  Apparently inspectors are being sent in to see that the 20 hospitals concerned are making improvements.  So that’s alright then!

As normal when such reports arise,  there has been a lot of hand wringing and wailing from politicians, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and various commentators about how appalling the situation is.  Some have blamed understaffing, an over reliance on agency staff, too much paperwork ... etc etc.  Of course there’s lots of paperwork, and there may be times when they are very short of staff, but not giving a patient water for ten hours, or failing to follow the instructions of a doctor to put a patient on a drip, or telling a patient off for ringing the call bell can never be excused. 

Janet Davies,  the RCN Executive Director of Nursing and Service Delivery has said that some of the examples highlighted in the report are “deeply troubling” and “shocking” and that individual nurses need to take responsibility for the care of patients.  However, Ms Davies has also said that she believes some of the issues go beyond nursing and are “related to the overall attitude of society towards older people and their needs and dignity.” 

Now I’m sorry I don’t buy this argument.  I can see no correlation between how society in general treats the elderly and some nurses utterly failing to do their jobs and make sure that their patients are comfortable and well cared for.  There may well need to be more debates about our ageing population and how people are cared for in all aspects of their life, but there have been numerous complaints  to the Patients Association from relatives about the poor standard of care and the RCN should be putting their own house in order first. There are many elderly people who have been looked after extremely well at home by their relatives,  only to be admitted to hospital and subsequently become dehydrated, malnourished suffer with bed sores.

I know many nurses who think they unfairly receive bad press when the majority do a good job.  I’m afraid I have very little sympathy for that view.  The medical profession are often very defensive when problems come to light and they have a tendency to close ranks.  What has happened in these hospitals is the responsibility of individual nurses at all levels as well as the management and solutions need to be found and found quickly.

Nurses are often incredibly busy from the moment they arrive on a ward to the moment they leave, but are they too busy to ensure that patients get food and water or put up a drip that has been prescribed? No I don’t believe they are. Those that have let that happened have shamed their profession.


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