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'Compassionate care' drive by nurses

4th December 2012

Jane Cummings, England's chief nursing officer, has highlighted the need for more focus on nurses giving "compassionate care" to patients in hospital.

nurse helping patient

Ms Cummings made the call to draw attention to a new three year strategy, Compassion in Practice, which has been launched after an eight week consultation which involved over 9,000 nurses, patients and NHS staff.

She is expected to tell a conference in Manchester: "The context for health care and support is changing. Most significantly, with people living longer, we have a greater number of older patients and people to support, many with multiple and complex needs."

"And while the health, care and support system provides a good - often excellent - service, this is not universal. There is poor care, sometimes very poor. Such poor care is a betrayal of what we all stand for."

The emeritus professor of geriatric medicine at Keele University, Peter Crome, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme, what he believed the point of the drive was.

He said: "I believe what they mean is that nurses and other care staff - whether they're in hospitals, hospices or in the community - should take a more caring and compassionate role when it comes to looking after vulnerable groups, rather than what is often seen as a very task-oriented approach." 

 

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Anonymous

Tuesday 4th December 2012 @ 22:03

I, and am sure others are sick of reading about patients being neglected in our hospitals, too many square pegs in round holes, too many excuses and the 'powers that be' appear ineffective - where are the 'Angels' as they used to be called - what we need are some American lawyers to sort them all out.


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