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Nurse protest over proposed NHS review

Nursing in Practice readers are in uproar over Health Secretary Alan Johnson's plans to conduct a "head-to-toe" review of the NHS.

Last Wednesday, Mr Johnson announced that health Minister Ara Darzi will question patients, doctors and nurses, with the aim of reporting back findings to Gordon Brown in July next year, the 60th anniversary of the NHS.

The review has been labelled the first of its kind in UK history, but Nursing in Practice readers say they don't believe it will bear fruit.

One Nursing in Practice reader commented: "We have heard it all before. This government has not listened to us so far, do they really think we will believe them this time?"

Another reader protested that more reviews result in even more paperwork, which causes patient care to suffer, saying: "There's too much demand on staff to carry out patient care but this is all being put at risk due to pressure of work and meeting deadlines."

Gill, a nurse working in London said the review was "yet more spin to take our eye off the last soul destroying year."

Readers in general say they are working too long hours, with too little pay.

Some are even considering quitting nursing and trying their luck behind the supermarket tills.

In light of the less than enthusiastic reception for the planned reveiw we want you to give us your ideas on how the NHS could be better run. Just use the feedback box below or email us at

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Your comments:  (Terms and conditions apply)

"I agree with the reader that said that another review by the government is "yet more spin to take our eye off the last soul destroying year." However, I do feel that we as a proffession have to look to ourselves in many areas. Where is our professionalism and where is our caring and compassion and empathy towards all those we are priviledged to care for? I've observed my profession diminish in its standing within the wider community over the years. In some cases I am ashamed of many of my fellow workers and feel demoralised not only by the government's fabrication of facts and figures but a hierarchy that is totally out of touch with the conditions of those on the frontline. I would suggest that we examine our own and look to ourselves and the quality of staff that we employ. The incompetence of the government has to take the majority blame for the demise of the NHS but we who take frontline responsibility for patients are responsible for most of the complaints that are received and it is about time that we stopped blaming the government for the slipshod in our profession" - Name and address supplied