14:27 27 March 2013
Following the Mid Staffordshire scandalwhere 1,200 patients were believed to have died prematurely due to serious failings of staff, Jeremy Hunt announced the plan to make nurses undergo more training in order to improve quality of health care services on both care homes and hospital.
This plan came after the Chief Nursing Officer, Jane Cummings, revealed that nurses who lack compassion are still working for health care facilities.
On Monday night, 25th March, Jeremy Hunt, said: “Frontline, hands-on caring experience and values need to be equal with academic training.
“These measures are about recruiting all staff with the right values and giving them the training they need to do their job properly, so that patients are treated with compassion.”
On the other hand, Prime Minister David Cameron said on the same date that he wanted the result of new “friends and families” test.
He explained to The Telegraph: “If we raise the profile of that, if it is on every ward in every hospital, then when you have got a problem – as we did at Mid Staffs when you had a really quite small proportion of the staff working there saying they were happy with the hospital – the amber and the red lights will be flashing far, far faster and we will take action much quicker.”
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