Easier tests for Nurses. The irony of “never compromising” patient safety, whilst reducing standards…

If anyone was in doubt about the reduction of standards, here is evidence from the Nursing world. Equally damning evidence would be available from retiring consultants, if only they had exit interviews. The obsessive use of private providers is dumbing down the training of doctors. The irony in Linda Holland’s statement is self evident. Good communication, both in consulting with patients and in the written/computerised notes is essential in medicine. Rationing their pay, and the number of places, and insisting on degree academic courses, rather than practical skills based training for nurses is the cause.

Whilst Student nurses face tougher tests for course places – 31 May 2011:    in the Nursing Times the result has been a shortage. Now, to fill the gap Catherine Read reports in The Mirror: “English Language Test for Nurses is made easier as only 4% pass exam”.

In the Times (Not on line) the report reads “Easier test for nurses”.

The score needed to pass language tests for foreign nurses working in Brritish Hospitals has been lowered after only 8 out of 220 Filipina nurses passed at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. The Trust blamed the “painful” English test for an acute shortage of nurses. Under the new system more than half the nurses would have passed. Linda Holland, from the Trust, stressed “We will never compromise patient safety in any way”.

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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