There are those who are mildly idiotic, a great many, for we all display that quality at times.

There are those who are very idiotic, and although their actions often induce harsh comment, we should always remember that we are all prone to being very idiotic on occassion, so judgement should be tempered.

Then, however, are those who are the fully paid up members of the Union of Idiots, whose repeated idiocy, in all its length, breadth, and width, never fails them; they never learn, for they are incapable.

Into this latter category seemingly and snugly fits NMC and RCN officials and their comments regarding the establishment of the nursing associate role.

The government inform us that the number of nursing associates will be in addition to planned nursing numbers – which have been cut, and will be slashed when nursing courses are paid for through debt.

The nursing elite inform us that nursing associates will “assist” registered graduate nurses.

This is like replacing police with cheap ‘special constables’, or an army unit with ‘reservists’; or a librarian with a ‘volunteer’.

They can not stop nursing associates being used as a cheap way to replace registered nurses. This is the end-game of neoliberal economics. The steps to this end-game are deliberately small, so as to conceal their ultimate direction.

Nursing associates will need to be regulated, of course, and therein is the 30 pieces of silver; for the NMC will extract a registration fee, and the RCN will tout for membership.

The old crew is being thrown to the sharks, gradually, almost unnoticeably, piece by piece.

The question becomes: Are NMC and RCN elites fully paid up members of the Union of Idiots?


Yet, a darker reality presents itself: they know what they are doing, and, wishing to continue to be the handmaidens of government, attendees of policy committees, and pat-on-the-back conferences, they take their pay and are nothing more than government propagandists. (As an aside, I am reliably informed that a nurse lecturer recently read out verbatim a government policy statement as if it were fact; without a semblance of analysis).

It then becomes the case that those who believe them are fully paid up members of the Union of Idiots – whether lecturers, students, or nurses.

Yet another possibility exists, to introduce the mandatory level of synthesis, for some of the nursing elite may have convinced themselves that nursing associates will only ever be a top-up to the ‘real thing’; the sort of Blairite delusion which had Saddam Hussein having weapons of mass destruction.

Whatever, nursing and the NHS is finished if you do not fight at a grass root level, and UNITE in a militant opposition to the forces of destruction and their Judas plague of idiots.
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NMC agrees to regulate new nursing associate role

A new care role in the nursing family

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has today formally agreed to a request from the Department of Health to be the regulator for the new nursing associate role.

Jackie Smith, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar of the NMC said:

“After a thoughtful and thorough discussion, the NMC’s Council has agreed to a request from the Department of Health to be the regulator for the new nursing associate role.

“The Council recognised that there is strong support for the regulation of nursing associates and I have always maintained that the public would expect any role with nursing in the title to be regulated.


Nursing is forced down the American route, and will soon be almost entirely populated by diploma-level nurse associates, who will be more flexible than Olympic gymnasts, running from ward to ward to maintain a modicum of staffing, being summoned by phone, not daring to refuse a split-shift or sudden call out. And in the most weasel words imaginable, the NMC again tries to hide from the abandonment of the degree nurse by saying it has ‘formally agreed’ to register the new model of nursing – pull the other leg, you have no choice, no more than any poodle who is forced to obey its master’s voice. ‘ After a thoughtful and thorough discussion’ –  stuff straight from the bed-pan!

The irony of ironies – those who are being thrown of the ship keep on paying the rabble who are doing the throwing.

Do you think that it will never be you, that it will always be someone else?

Is anyone really that thick?

Do you think that nursing is a 25 year, mortgage-paying career?

Is anyone really that thick?

Or Cowardly?

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