District nurses need our backing
I was concerned to read your headline story, “Unfit to Nurse” (Gazette, April 26), which gave the impression that all our District Nurses are unfit for purpose.
Actually, nothing could be further from the truth.
I have received consistantly excellent treatment from the day, twilight and night staff who cover home visits, and also from the team of nurses who have treated me at Moor Park Medical Centre.
The case highlighted was one of maladministration leading to poor communication and oversights and errors by certain individuals.
I can only re-emphasise a point I made to the local manager and the chief executive. Overall management should be in the hands of a full-time manager in tandem with a Senior Nurse. The nurses I have had the pleasure of dealing with have been excellent at the job they were trained for, but they cannot be expected to transfer to management with insufficient training in a different skill-set.
Hunt must listen to the junior doctors
The vast majority of the public support the junior doctors 100 per cent in this dispute.
Jeremy Hunt must listen to the junior doctors who really know the problems in forcing this new contract on them.
Going on strike is the last thing they want to do, which proves how worried they are with the new contract.
NHS too precious to be political football
I’m appalled by the searing arrogance of the Heath Secretary, and his intent to impose a contract through top-down management of our valuable health service by a non-professional.
I’m proud of our health service; it’s the jewel of the world. Of course, we need improvement, but the talk about a ‘seven-day health service’ is nothing but political spin: we already have a seven-day service. If we need full medical cover at weekend, we need more resource. Otherwise we are just moving cover from the weekdays to the weekend.
The statistics trotted out the by the Government are, at best, dubious. We need an independent study by professionals, and full consultation with the very bright and dedicated people involved. Our health service is too precious to be used as a political football.