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Being compassionate should be as important as being clever when it comes to the recruitment of staff to care for the elderly, experts say. The recommendation was one of a series made by the Commission on Improving Dignity in Care for Older People to improve standards in hospitals and care homes in England. The group said too many vulnerable people were currently being “let down”.

I’m sorry but have I missed something? I thought that nurses were recruited on the grounds of them being compassionate and caring, as opposed to how “clever” they are? What does is say about the NHS that is needs to be reminded to be caring? It might also be helpful in nurses had a basic command of English, when we are at it.

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  1. Let’s add “doctors” to that most apporpriate message, David.

    I’ve met some fine, intelligent and very professional Irish doctors.

    Most however, were making plans to hop to the “States”.

    On the other hand many “doctors” I’ve met were from “shall I say” 3rd world countries, with very little English and the “compassionate and caring” attitudes of cornered pit-vipers!

    Incidently, and I’m certain it’s just a coincidence, many of those immigrant medical folks are followers of Islam.

    Maybe that explains their less than compassionate attitude toward “infidels”?

  2. I could not believe my ears when I heard this discussion on Today this morning.

    It is not hard to see why there is a lack of compassion within the health service as a whole. I feel Eddie is right to include doctors within this story as well.

    It is very hard to be caring in a service that will always be over stretched irrespective of the amount of taxpayers money thrown at. New advances in technology and medicine, combined with an ageing population, over expenditure and waste and inefficiency on a Titanic scale has created a system which will inevitably struggle with the concept of compassion.

    There was a time when nursing, along with teaching, were considered as vocations, entered into not for money but for the love of doing good and helping others. It is, however, unrealistic to expect this to be a credible attitude in this day and age. Once nursing became a career rather than a vocation compassion became an unnecessary attribute in those entering the nursing service. (There are not enough daughters of the landed gentry to fill all the nursing posts in the NHS!)

    Might it not just be possible that opening up the health market to greater private involvement could paradoxically improve the one aspect of healthcare that the monolithic state will never be able to provide.

  3. Do not for a minute think that the problems discussed here don’t exist in private ( non profit or for profit ) hospitals and nursing homes, etc in places like the US.

    The best seek to serve, but bad facility owners can and do cut corners to maximize profit.

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