Friday, 2 July 2010

Hospital Staff Nurse Interviews Hospital Administrator

10 comments:

Dino-nurse said...

Tee Hee :0D
Unfortunately also too close to the truth. How do they sleep at night...on big piles of money. The Blue Rinse brigade should be camped outside of Tweedledum and Tweedledees big fat office demanding better treatment. Not that it will matter. Healthcare is expensive and no one wants to pay.

Nurse Anne said...

"Healthcare is expensive and no one wants to pay."

They want the professional nurses to pay for it all FOR them with

*unpaid hours of work and overtime,

*16 hour shifts without a break,

*pay feezes,

*a lower salary than what other professionals earn,

*abusive working conditions,

*Unsafe working conditions

*physically painful and uncomfortable working conditions

and

no chance of promotion even when you are doing the work of a senior and doing the jobs of 10 people because of intentional short staffing.

Meanwhile back at the ranch the vicky pollards are blowing all of their money on booze and fags while demanding 100& comprehensive excellent standards of health care with "customer service" to boot.

And managers and chiefs are getting pay rises and creating £100,000 a year "Patient Journey Champion" jobs for their buddies.

Fuck this shit. Hope my spouse stops dragging his feet about immigrating. I want to get paid for the hours I work, get paid based on the level of responsibility I have, get paid something rather than nothing when I am forced to work overtime and I want health insurance benefits.

Seriously, if one more jackass who only works an 8 hour day WITHOUT life and death responsibility calls me lazy because I didn't answer his call bell fast enough when my other patient as in full blown arrest I am really going to snap!!!!

"But my taxes pay your wages"

Um. No. I pay taxes too, and my unpaid hours and abusive working conditions help to cover the shortfalls that your taxes don't cover.

Nurse Anne said...

And I get the same level of healthcare that you get...except that I am not supposed to complain but rather "understand" the situation.

Dino-nurse said...

Lets hope that someone in Whitehall actually sits down and does the unthinkable and actually THINKS...can the NHS really carry on being "free" at the point of entry? The average cost of an NHS patient today is way more than 20 years ago...expensive new drugs and treatments that NI contributions cannot hope to keep up with. So we carry on regardless providing substandard care despite spiralling costs. When I worked in Switzerland, my private healthcare costs per month were less than I pay in NI today...and thats before I factor in what I spend on dentist and optician appointments. In the US it was also less (although as I had gone out with an agncy my insurance was subsidised). Big problem would be how to make sure that no-one falls through the cracks. Plus we would have to stop EDs becoming GP substitutes for those with no insurance. Biggest problem in this country is alcohol abuse...and not just your meth-swilling or chav stereotypes. More and more we are seeing supposedly sensible middleclass types who think that downing a bottle of vino a night is ok. We have a long history of aclohol abuse in the UK. Its about time we took it off the supermarket shelves and put it back into off-licences.

Nurse Anne said...

"can the NHS really carry on being "free" at the point of entry? The average cost of an NHS patient today is way more than 20 years ago...expensive new drugs and treatments that NI contributions cannot hope to keep up with. So we carry on regardless providing substandard care despite spiralling costs. When I worked in Switzerland, my private healthcare costs per month were less than I pay in NI today...and thats before I factor in what I spend on dentist and optician appointments. In the US it was also less (although as I had gone out with an agncy my insurance was subsidised"

I tried to tell a group of people this excat same thing during a debate and they called me a liar. You tell people this and they will turn into wildcats.

I too had cheaper health care abroad and better care abroad...in the US. Two of my kids have permanant health problems because of the NHS. I can't get them to a dentist. I took them to a dentist last time we visited the US. I got a same day appointment for both children with a very popular dentist there and all said and done the grand total was $200. I'd rather than then the high taxes, low wage, and two years we have been waiting for a dentist in this hellhole.

Nurse Anne said...

My view might be skewed though. The state I spent time in was a weathly northern one, that left no one with out care. They had great state programs for the uninsured. We had this huge child and adolescent psyche hospital...beautiful facility. I don't think any of the patients treated by that place came from wealthy insured families, yet it provided excellent in and outpatient care.

Best healthcare in America in that region supposedly. When I was a poor nursing student I had to go and get treated in the ER. Never got a bill.


Had I lived in a crap state like texas and then moved to a nice area of the UK my viewpoint might be entirely different.

But as it stands I really do believe that the NHS is primarily an epic fail. A good idea that was used and abused.

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