Saturday 25 November 2017

Caring profession

Some 1950s-style care
and attention would go a
long way on the wards of
modern hospitals
Some 1950s-style care and attention would go a long way on the wards of modern hospitals

•Regarding comments made on "the caring profession", for me to understand the causes of present-day patient neglect, it is only necessary to turn the clock back to the 1950s, when, as a schoolboy, I lay helpless in a hospital bed in St Martin's Hospital, Bath, following a spinal injury sustained during a game of rugby.

I am thankful to say that, while in hospital, I did not contract MRSA, and I was fed by the nurses via a special cup with a spout, until, several weeks later, I was able to sit up.

The ward was a hive of activity, and I came to regard the nurses -- the pretty Nurse Sellick, the energetic Mr Jeffrey, and others, as my friends.

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