Standing to attention!
Do you think that Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, could be described as out-of-touch and divisive for claiming parts of the NHS still require nurses to stand up when doctors walk in the room?
Speaking at the Chief Nursing Officer Summit recently, Matt Hancock claimed that it is nurses, not doctors, who keep the health service running overnight.
At the summit he said that outdated hierarchy was hindering improvement in the NHS, and said he wanted to see more nurses in leadership roles and running trusts.
‘In my grandmother’s day, nurses were expected to stand up when a doctor entered the room,’ he told nursing leaders. ‘And worse, I find that’s still the case in some antiquated, archaic corners of the NHS.’
‘I want it to stop. If anything, it should be doctors standing up for nurses. Because who runs a hospital at 2am in the morning? Who keeps the show on the road?’
Do nurses stand up when you enter the room? And is it true that nurses, rather than doctors, are solely responsible for keeping the NHS running at night?