Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Poor Care a Betrayal of Our Values, Says Nurses Boss ; Leaders Back Move to Put Patient Welfare firstCall Follows Fears over 'Crisis in Standards'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Poor Care a Betrayal of Our Values, Says Nurses Boss ; Leaders Back Move to Put Patient Welfare firstCall Follows Fears over 'Crisis in Standards'

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NURSES have backed calls to put patient care at the heart of their profession - but say health chiefs need to ensure they have enough staff on the wards.

Jane Cummings, the chief nursing officer for England, told a conference in Manchester that patients needed to be treated with compassion and respect.

She said poor care by nurses and midwives was a 'betrayal' of the values of the profession.

And she claimed staff should be judged by how compassionate they were.

Ms Cummings said: "Being a nurse, a midwife or a care worker is an extraordinary role.

'It's that "We all came into these roles because we wanted to make a difference to the people we care for and support.

"But the context for health care and support is changing. Most significantly, with people living longer, we have a greater number of older patients and people to support, many with multiple and complex needs.

"There is poor care, sometimes very poor. Such poor care is a betrayal of what we all stand for."

" Dr Peter Carter, chief executivereally important and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said: "We welcome the chief nursing officer's vision of high quality, compassionate care for patients, which makes it clear what nursing staff should strive for.

are "We are also pleased to see that there is a focus on the importance of a motivated and well-supported workforce in delivering this vision.

"For the vision to be successfully realised, it will need to be embraced not only by nursing staff, but also by employers. …

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