Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Nurses deserve appreciation, not criticism

I was born in 1932. My first memory of hospital was of having my tonsils out when I was about four years old.

The nurses seemed very kind and nice. Since then, I have been a patient many times. In all this time, all the nurses who tended me were caring, pleasant and sometimes wonderful people.

Some of my fellow patients were rude, aggressive and quite nasty, but even those were treated politely. Hospital staff also have to contend with drunken assaults and threatening language.

Nurses don't seem able to defend themselves against all the accusations levelled against them. If the badgering of the medical professions carries on, who will want to do it? There might be room for improvement, but cherish what we have got.

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