More than half of nurses think that patient care is mediocre or worse according to a new survey, with some admitting that they are ashamed of their profession.
Nursing Standard magazine carried out a poll of 2,554 nurses. It found that 58 per cent thought care was ‘mediocre’ or worse.
10 per cent of these believed care was ‘worryingly very low’, and another 10 per cent said it was ‘low’.
Some senior nurses blamed the attitude of their staff. An unnamed senior nurse said: 'In my experience, the main problem is that when you tell a nurse about their poor attitude or lack of care, they run to their union representative or go off sick with stress.’
'Bring back senior nurses with authority and a spine. If we don’t stamp out this uncaring attitude, the profession will fall apart. Sadly, it looks as if we are pretty close.'
The survey follows a series of damning reports last year exposing how elderly patients are being routinely neglected on NHS wards.
But one in five of those polled by Nursing Standard magazine blamed poor staffing levels for not being able to communicate with patients, help them eat or drink or go to the toilet.
Claire Gibbs, a nurse who took part in the survey said: 'The number of nursing staff compared to the number of patients is absolutely not enough.
'At times, it is dangerous. Nursing staff probably get more upset than patients about not being able to do their jobs properly. It is not fair that nurses get the criticism without the public understanding why.'
A Royal College of Nursing (RCN) report recently showed that nearly 50,000 jobs in the NHS are under threat or have already gone. In total, 3.5 per cent of the NHS will be cut by 2015, the equivalent of shutting four large hospital trusts.
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