From formerly Great Britain of course. Thanks to Lissa for the link.
Relatives should go into hospitals to help staff care for the elderly, according to a nursing leader.
Dr Peter Carter, head of the Royal College of Nursing, said families should be encouraged to assist patients during mealtimes and take them to the toilet.
Let me turn on the bureaucratese translator for you.
What he is saying is that the National Health Service doesn’t have enough money or staff to take care of your elderly relatives personal needs when they are in the hospital.
He [Carter] also said untrained healthcare assistants with no medical qualifications now carry out many tasks once reserved for nurses, such as helping patients to eat and drink, cleaning bedsores and taking blood samples.
Let me see if I’ve got this one right. One the one hand he wants families to help patients go to the “loo” and eat and drink. Then, on the other hand, he decries “untrained healthcare assistants with no medical qualifications” doing the EXACT SAME THING.
I have to wonder if Dr. Carter is a moron? Actually, that’s a rhetorical question since the answer is self evident. Res ipse locutor as my attorney friends say.
Official NHS figures show that last year 214,888 patients were discharged from hospital with some form of malnutrition.The Care Quality Commission watchdog this year found that in some hospitals the elderly were going without food for several days.