Magazine
Latest Issue

What’s wrong with nursing?

The care during my recent two-week stay in a famous London hospital was appalling. What's happened to British nursing?

By Julia Magnet   December 2003

You’ll find the NHS very different from American hospitals,” a friend told me vaguely, “but the nurses are wonderful, much more caring. They really have time for you.” Really? That was not my view after two weeks in a prestigious central London hospital. I have had ten years’ experience as “the patient” – a patient with a complex autoimmune disease – and consider myself an expert on hospitals. But in London I couldn’t work out which nurse was responsible for me, who was in charge of the other nurses, who could give intravenous (IV) medication and who could only take…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect