An investigation has been launched at Frenchay Hospital after nurses were involved in an “inappropriate” stunt.
I shudder to think….
A nurse was tied to a commode while mess from a bowl was poured over her head in what has been described as a “well-meaning send-off”.
So, what’s the problem?
But a passing visitor to the hospital was concerned that staff were behaving in such a manner rather than caring for patients and reported the incident.The woman who witnessed the incident described it as “distressing“.
She said: “If all the staff were out side cheering, who was watching the patients?
“I have a sick relative whom I was visiting and found this behaviour unacceptable and very distressing.”
Wow! Savour that!
It didn’t occur to her to wonder if indeed all the nurses were outside (and god knows, it’s not like they can’t ignore and neglect their patients just as well inside, is it?), nor to go and inquire of them what provision they’d made to ensure cover while they had a harmless send-off, oh no.
She skipped straight to the pursed-lipped, ‘tut’ing outrage.
In response to the concerns North Bristol NHS Trust chief executive, Ruth Brunt, said: “We do not condone this type of behaviour from our staff and I would like to apologise to the member of the public who witnessed this.
“It would appear that these nurses were participating in a well-meaning send off to mark their colleague’s last shift.
“However this happened at an inappropriate time and place and was clearly a serious error of judgement.“
This is a ‘serious error of judgement’? This? A bit of fun to send off a colleague?
Regulator the Nursing and Midwifery Council said: “This is not the type of behaviour we would expect to see from nurses and the Nursing and Midwifery Council code makes it clear that nurses and midwives must uphold the reputation of the profession at all times.”
So they get scolded for a few hi-jinks where no-one comes to harm, yet the almighty Council stays silent while patients are starved on wards, both accidentally and deliberately…
Strange priorities indeed.