Cruel Britannia: a personal critique of nursing in the United Kingdom

Watson, Roger, and Shields, Linda (2009) Cruel Britannia: a personal critique of nursing in the United Kingdom. Contemporary Nurse, 32 (1-2). pp. 42-54.

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Abstract

The United Kingdom (UK) once led the world in nursing but because of the exigencies of the funding mechanisms of the National Health Service (NHS), it has fallen a long way behind other countries. We aim to raise awareness inside and outside the UK about the decline in nursing as a profession there. We are purposely contentious, in an attempt to raise questions, both for the UK and for countries which are recruiting British nurses who are leaving because of job losses caused by the funding crisis in the NHS. This paper discusses where the problems that have led to the decline have come from, where nursing is going and poses questions for the future. We hope that the UK government and those who influence the development of nursing will bring it back to the standard it once had.

Item ID: 27611
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1839-3535
Keywords: politics, nursing, debate, nursing education, UK, National Health Service
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2013 09:12
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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