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At the summit he said that outdated hierarchy was hindering improvement in the NHS, and said he wanted to see more nurses in leadership roles and running trusts.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?

Comments (5) Add yours ↓
  1. Frank Chinegwundoh consultant urologist

    It is doctors and nurses together who keep things running at night. Both are essential.
    I would like to know where nurses stand up when a doctor enters the room. And why they do so. It is not something I have come across in my 35 years in the NHS in a multiplicity of hospitals

    March 18, 2019 Reply
    • Greg Shaw Consultant urologist

      Wow. A new level of nonsense! One can only predict that some kind of unreasonable request is about to be levelled at our amazing nursing colleagues. Brace yourselves friends!

      March 18, 2019 Reply
  2. Catherine Lovegrove Academic Foundation Doctor

    The NHS is comprised of tens of teams, all with their own expertise and specialisms who work best when working with a common goal and when enabled to fully exploit the skills of their component parts. Enforcing hierarchy such mentioned above is not in-keeping with this goal and is likely to lead to a culture of fear, lack of transparency and bullying as highlighted as issues in the Francis Report.

    March 19, 2019 Reply
  3. Christian Brown Urologist

    Total nonsense! Teamwork is critical to the running of the NHS and there should be no distinction between the routes of training as to the value of someone’s decisions, leadership or strategic vision. No one individual runs anything (day or night) and this is critical for good patient care, everyone brings something different to the table.

    March 20, 2019 Reply
  4. Mike Kirby Professor

    What complete rubbish
    We are all professionals and need each other
    Old fashioned thinking in a modern world!!

    April 4, 2019 Reply

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