The NHS has a lot of problems, one of the biggest is a lack of staff and resources, because of this the NHS has had problems in recent years keeping staffing levels at acceptable rates, despite the good pay many nurses leave because they find the job too demanding. Enter the foreigners…
A hospital nurse has been suspended for allegedly chatting on her mobile phone while carrying out a blood test.
I am not surprised in the slightest by this, I have spent time in hospitals and it is alarming just how much of the staff there are not English, and not just the nurses but doctors too. There are German doctors, South African doctors, Ghanaian doctors, Italian doctors and Indian doctors, and this was on just one ward!
I understand that there may be a shortage of doctors but surely doctors are not that thin on the ground?
an offer they couldn’t refuse
Had she not died in 1980, I am sure Hattie Jacques would be most displeased by the state of modern nursing.
I believe this has more to do with one simple fact, whatever country they live in, doctors can make far more money here in Britain than at home. I heard one German doctor say he can make five times more here, than at home!
Five times more, for that I’d move to another country, as long as it wasn’t France.
Nurses too earn a pretty penny. I believe that the starting salary for a newly qualified nurse is around £20,000, around the same as the national average salary. This again is going to attract nurses from abroad, and it seems that nurses from two main areas of the world are filling the nursing shortage. West Africa and the Philippines.
The Nigerian nurse in the article was on the phone whilst taking a patients blood, but in my experience the patient mentioned got off lightly. The West African nurses tend to be quite large women, and I have witnessed them manhandling patients around the bed in a most undignified manner. They seem to care little for the patients that they are meant to be attending, particularly the elderly.
If you attempt to bring them up on it they look at you as though you have lost your mind.
The actions of some of the nurses left me quite shocked. The Filipinos tend not to be much better, their English was terrible, surely they should have a decent standard of English before being taken on in such a role? Communication was a nightmare, as was making them aware that some of their actions were inappropriate.
Lost in translation
Whatever happened to the little girls who wanted to look after sick people?
I got the distinct impression that they just didn’t care about the people that they were looking after, and if they are here purely for the remuneration, why should they? I have heard plenty about translators and staff having to provide literature to patients in other languages, but never have I been on a ward for which English was not the primary language!
Nor would I have expected to need a third party to help me explain to a nurse simple everyday actions. It may be part of modern Britain to mingle with newcomers to this great nation, but the last place you want to run into a language barrier is in hospital. The most depressing aspect for me were the struggles of the elderly, who just gave up trying to make themselves understood, indeed I am sure a few them didn’t quite realise that they were still in England.
I’d like to say that the English nurses were better, but they were largely absent and the few that did flit in and out tended not to want to get their hands dirty with trivial things like patients. And why should they, after all they are now by and large degree educated, and think of themselves as quasi doctors. Plus, they now have foreigners to do the hard work.