The Emperor’s New Clothes

Poor care may arise in all areas- regardless of who owns it and how many staff there are. Of course, there are many definitions of what poor care is – for how can one define good care without this?

The UK focus, by campaigning groups and major bodies and individuals, appears to be the NHS. Save the NHS they declare. Meanwhile poor care in the private sector- hospital or care homes, is largely ignored.

Yet NHS patients are sent to private care hospitals and care homes; private patients whose care has failed, are mopped up by the NHS.

Many newly qualified nurses work in the private sector, in addition to redundant nurses from the NHS.

There may be many reasons for poor care including attitudes , as well as short staffing (Dimon 2013).

Yet privatisation means that not all will be able to afford care and staff terms and conditions would be challenged. The staffing level is lower in the private sector .

Yet it suits the government and business owners, to relax regulations of the private sector. Is the government in reality, shooting itself in the foot?

Meanwhile many reports of poor care within this sector are hidden from mainstream news.

Does this suit some members of the public and profession? Many professionals find it easier to disbelieve such poor care exists, they also fear accusations and damage to the reputation . The 80 year old ex-carer stood in the town centre, echoed the thoughts of many “poor care always happened- and it always will.” Some members of the public prefer to accept the situation in a cloud of oblivion; they are grateful there is anywhere at all for they and their relatives to go. Some argue “people in parts of Africa, would be glad of any care”.

In reality poor care is the real issue. If  a patient is neglected – it ought not to be the immediate issue- where. Are they who ignore this fact, as bad as the perpetrators?




One thought on “The Emperor’s New Clothes

  1. 12 February 2015
    Dear Lenin nightingale

    You are perfectly right. It is a case of ensuring that care is in a safe environment where compassion and understanding and ability to cope with pressures.

    “Care” comes in many forms.

    Who is my neighbour?


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