We need to re­turn to old days

Let's Talk - - Postbag -

Ref­er­ence the monthly moan (March is­sue).

I fully agree that we have a NHS that to the most ex­tent is one to be proud of.

But no, we do not need to stop hid­ing be­hind ‘the days of yes­ter­day’.

We need to re­turn to the way hospi­tals were run. Nurses trained on the wards right from the start. By the time they qual­i­fied they had the knowl­edge and more im­por­tantly they had peo­ple/ pa­tient skills, un­like many new nurses these days.

I just hap­pened to be on a ward when a fresh, straight from the class­room, group of nurses started. That was enough to con­vince me class­room teach­ing is not good.

I am not knock­ing the nurses, they do an im­por­tant job, but train­ing in a class­room just does not pro­duce.

With the ad­vances in modern tech­nol­ogy ap­pear­ing all through the NHS de­part­ments we should be able to bud­get even bet­ter these days.

What is needed, is some­one at the top that has ‘good house­keep­ing’ skills that can spend wisely and jus­tify that spend.

And stop clos­ing all the small, but so very im­por­tant, lo­cal hospi­tal and re­cu­per­a­tion places, and push­ing care to the overpriced pri­vate care providers.

So stay in the past and learn or fly to the fu­ture and face the very real risk of los­ing a very valu­able as­set. K MATHESON Diss Nor­folk

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