This, was Sunday although the Swan didn't want to be on this site and kept swimming off.
On Saturday, a forgotten group of people took to the streets; the patients of Mid-Staffs NHS Foundation Trust. Thirty thousand of them and that’s only the Police estimate. In my experience the Police usually downplay numbers.
We’ve heard a lot about the failings, the financial collapse, the neglect. Now the Trust is being broken up, it’s the staff who pay with their jobs, the taxpayer will pay financially and it’s the patients who face losing their hospitals through no fault of their own.
Management and politicians?
Meanwhile, Peter Carter, General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing was on the radio today, speaking against the proposal that trainee Nurses should spend ‘up to a year’ as care assistants before starting their training.
Back at the start of this Blog, I was arguing that the RCN and the British Medical Association could be a Trades Union (and heaven knows staff need a good one) or they can regulate their profession (disciplining and striking off) but they can’t do both.
Listening to Carter, who always spoke up for Nursing standards at Mid –Staffs, he’s not doing very well at either. It’s time to choose which they go for.
Anyway, if I’m lucky, I’ll get out tonight and see the great Don Weller on Saxophone. We’ll see how it goes.So, although we are now on day four without phones, I’m not grumbling.
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