Our caring NHS – this time around a hospital trust’s decision to give nurses ‘Do Not Disturb’ uniforms to wear during routine ward duties to prevent patients from speaking to them.
Yes, that’s right – it’s about stopping patients talking to nurses
When nurses are wearing the bright red tabards, patients have to address any concerns to care assistants, who do not have clinical qualifications. The hospital says interruptions, such as patients asking questions about toilets and meal times, stop nurses from doing their jobs properly and could lead to patients being given the wrong medication.
Perhaps it would be best if patients could avoid going to hospital and thus freeing up even more time for the nurses concerned?