Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Another Scalp for the Righteous



One thing I've discovered in very recent years is that the Righteous don't have a sense of humour. Their lives are spend finding fault with those of us who support the 'live and let live' adage.

A fine example of the Righteous at work is this:

A charge nurse, 33, who had four years' unblemished service, said "It's months since I have been in this position," as she straddled a patient while helping her colleagues control him. She was dismissed for gross misconduct from her £25,000-a-year post at London's Central Middlesex Hospital.

Laura Bowater was on her way home from a shift in July 2006 when she stopped to help staff restrain the 'extremely strong' 31 year old patient whose trousers had been removed so doctors could inject his buttock. She sat on his ankles to control his flailing legs, but the patient span onto his back, exposing himself and kicking her forward. It was then she made the 'humorous' comment which senior staff investigated six weeks later.

An employment tribunal initially agreed she had been unfairly dismissed but the decision was overturned on appeal because, although the comment was heard only by other medics, it was made in a public A & E department.

The NHS has lost an efficient member of staff. The Righteous have gained another scalp.

I really don't want to live in a country which is fast becoming a place where common sense no longer prevails do you?


37 comments:

Dubbieside said...

Subrosa

Common sense went out of the window here a long time ago.

Can you imagine about twenty years ago that someone siting in a stationary van would get a ticket while blowing his nose for "not being in control of his vehicle"

The most worrying thing is the PC who issued this ticket is still in a job.

We used to employ people in all walks of life who had some common sense.

DEREK said...

I want to remain in Great Britain but I want the United Kingdom and its obsession with the righteous to be swept away as quickly as possible.
Down a drain, into a sewer, into a skip, off a cliff it doesn't matter as long as the brush gets all of them.

subrosa said...

Dubbie, it's the folk(s) who reported her who should be sacked. If they've no sense of humour in a job which involves dealing with the public then they shouldn't be there.

subrosa said...

Derek, I should think more than half the population would concur.

Oldrightie said...

I'm wiith Derek and against Niko's self-rightousness!

Dick Puddlecote said...

What's this 'common sense' of which you speak? I'm only 42.

subrosa said...

Auch OR, Niko would run a mile if a Righteous approached him.

subrosa said...

Dick, common sense = intelligence+sense of humour.

Do you think you'll improve with age? ;)

tris said...

I think you got it right with the "no sense of humour".

These things tend to depend to a certain degree on where and when and if anyone was upset.

It it had been said within earshot of a 90 year old spinster, it would have been utterly out of place; said amongst hospital staff who have to put up with all manner of horros as part of their day's work it is nothing.

Political correctness is a huge drain on society. The number of things I have had to institute whilst doing a quality management audit so that my company could obtain government funding was just amazing... and cost a fortune.

Whise I was messing this that I wasn't actually getting any real work done.

I wish we could bin it... ah, but for the righteous.

subrosa said...

Hey Tris, a 90 year old spinster may well have had a better retort. :)

Seriously yes, this is all a drain on society but worse still is knowing you may be working along side people who are happy to report this as 'offensive'. That's what sticks in my craw.

Spartan said...

l take it that this nurse wasn't of an ethnic minority or a certain religion??? :)

scunnert said...

I used to work with highly aggressive patients and trained staff in the "how to". Humour is a natural and healthy response to the stress of the situation. I wish I could get the folks that canned her back on my old unit - they'd probably pish themselves before cracking a joke.

Gordon the Fence Post Tortoise said...

Well, a good start would be to find out who did the deed surely ? Name and shame in the true sense of the word.

NHS management seems to have more than it's fair share of loathsome incompetents - let's make sure they can be easily identified!

In Kent Rose Gibb (Whose name should be linked with another Rose = West) is up there again snout in trough I see - give me another £175K.

Stafford's roll of dishounour is a long one - Martin Yeates suspended on full pay (with a bonus!!!) from killing hundreds in Stafford.

Now who's the other one ... the one who's now corporate director of sorts at the NHS mothership?

yes - name and shame -

Gordon the Fence Post Tortoise said...

A roll of dishonour - for as is the way with these opaque bureaucracies most of the decision makers don't want to be identified

Apogee said...

Name and shame indeed. Can't help wondering if there was some one waiting to stick the knife in ,for whatever reason. Does happen!

D.

subrosa said...

Her name doesn't convey that Spartan does it?

subrosa said...

Aye scunnert. Mind you whoever he/she/they are they'll be sleeping soundly knowing they 'did the right thing.'

What can I say.

Apogee said...

It occurs to me to wonder if, as we get more and more of the nanny state, we are also getting a lot more of primary playground behaviour.

Does seem to make sense in a way!

Physically adult but never progressed beyond a mental age of five or so!

subrosa said...

Tortoise, in such a situation I expect there were many staff around. A newspaper wouldn't want to divulge a name in case of libel.

But I agree with you, these people need naming and shaming, although the NHS management will protect them I'm sure.

subrosa said...

There must have been someone Apogee or the issue wouldn't have arisen.

JuliaM said...

Ah, well, I'm sure there's not a shortage of experienced, professional mental heath workers.

Oh, wait...

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wisnaeme said...

It is rare that you come across a nurse on the 'shop floor' that hasn't got an earthly sense of humour and doesn't display it on occasion. Particularily when in stressful circumstances and when they themselves are at risk of being hurt whilst in harm's way. The use of humour to defuse a perhaps tense atmosphere of all too real risk to themselves makes a situation bearable. My late lady was one such, a nurse with an earthy sense of humour which helped her cope with her professional duties as a nurse in circumstances you and I would not care to be in or be part of. Hell mend those shallow creatures who caused the loss of a dedicated and professional human being which we can ill afford to lose, in our overstretched 'shop floor' NHS.

A pox on those responsible for this outrage against reason and common sense.

wisnaeme said...

meanwhile in another place, in another country...

A former nurse is doing sterling work representing patients interests and concerns in her new position of responsibility. Scotland's first hospital inspector,Susan Brimelow is disappointed by the poor standard of cleaning she has uncovered on NHS wards...
Now I wonder if Susan had an earthy sense of humour whilst involved in stressful circumstances when going about her duties on the 'shop floor' in an NHS ward ...and occasionally expressed it?

I wonder if she had been dismissed as a result of her expressing her sense of humour, would she now have had the opportunity to be in her present position?
...and would we now have the benefits of her professional experiences on the 'shop floor'?
...or have the use of her undoubted abilities to do good on our behalf?

Just asking.

subrosa said...

Julia, you can read the judgement here if you feel like wading through pages of legal matter.

http://www.employmentappeals.gov.uk/Public/Upload/09_0144wwfhLA.doc

subrosa said...

Agreed Vijay.

subrosa said...

Hell mend them indeed wisnaeme. If you read the tribunal judgement it seems it was a woman called Mackie who started the ball rolling.

subrosa said...

Has it taken all these years for someone with clout to say our hospitals are dirty wisnaeme?

I'm sure there are plenty staff and patients who could have told that to the powers that be for no financial reward.

Crinkly & Ragged Arsed Philosophers said...

Political correctness, the bastion of the anal retentive.

subrosa said...

Unfortunately they get legal support RA.

Crinkly & Ragged Arsed Philosophers said...

Damn I forgot about that Rosa.

OK, anal retentive's legally plugged win on rebuttal?

subrosa said...

Aye, that's mair like it RA. :)

banned said...

Bit late but I knew Central Middlesex Hospital as a dump a few decades ago, it can't have got any better. Ghastly place, avoided where possible by the locals.
Mind you, not many proper locals left which is perhaps why the place survives.

subrosa said...

Seemingly it doesn't have a good record banned but there are many hospitals like it around.

Gordon the Fence Post Tortoise said...

Bit late - but worth flagging - there's a Doctor who blew the whistle on one of the shambles that very likely enabled Baby P to be killed by his parents -

She's now being stitched / suspended by the admin crew that perpetrated a miserable, failed regime - she has done no wrong at all from what I can see - but it's plain that to accept her back would make these worthless maggots uncomfortable as she had predicted the outcome of their ill advised and woefully executed meddling.

Please.... go over and sign up. I believe she really deserves our support.

http://www.gopetition.co.uk/online/34319.html

Doc Crippen gives the background:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/mar/16/dr-crippen-nhs-whistleblowing-policy

I'm cynical about these petitions but - well, it's a small gesture.

subrosa said...

Thanks for that Gordon. I've signed the petition. Can't do any harm and hope it does some good.

Gordon the Fence Post Tortoise said...

Cheers m'dear

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