PM tells nurses care comes before paperwork

9 January 2012

Healthcare professionals have been urged to maintain communication with their patients each hour.

Prime minister David Cameron announced that nurses have the duty to provide comfort and care for hospital patients which includes talking to them and keeping them company throughout the day.

Mr Cameron told MPs that too few nurses understand that caring is their main job and that everything else comes after that.

He said: "Nursing needs to be about patients, not paperwork."

Mr Cameron's speech comes amid growing concern that frail and vulnerable patients such as the elderly are being left without the proper standards of care expected within hospitals.

Furthermore, Joyce Robins from Patient Concern told the Daily Mail that it was "dreadful" for the prime minister to have to intervene when nursing should already be of top standards.

Mr Cameron's comments come following a tell-all documentary entitled Undercover Care: The Abuse Exposed, filmed by BBC One's Panorama early in 2011, which showed poor care for the elderly.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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