As a normal member of the public you would think that the title 'consultant clinician' would refer to an experienced doctor with years of training and a proper medical degree. You would be sadly wrong; as nurses with no other training than nursing training are now called 'consultant clinicians', and they have now been empowered to make decisions about you or your loved ones resuscitation or lack of it when critically ill.
Recent scandals concerning Hospital Acquired Infections have outlined how basic nursing is simply not being done, meaning that patients are routinely left wallowing in their own faeces. Good old fashioned nursing is no longer valued, as nurses are handed more and more power without any extra training.
One would imagine that doctors with doctor training should do the doctoring, while nurses with nursing training should do the nursing. One would also think that empowering nurses with only nursing training to do doctoring would be rather lethal. The BMA and the government do not seem to think so, using their logic I am sure experienced cleaning staff will soon be making important clinical decisions.
The dumbing down gathers apace, proper education and training continue to be seen as completely unimportant. Whether it be in the form of nurse consultants, police community support officers or classroom assistants; this government is presiding over a lethal empowerment of the ignorant and is in the process guaranteeing the public are delivered a truly substandard service.
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