Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Too Posh to Polish

The reason the post of Health Care Assistant was brought in was because nurses had become too highly qualified to do the drudge work, for which no qualifications were necessary, beyond common sense, a dash of compassion and the ability to learn on the job.

I read in the news this morning that in the wake of the Mid Staffordshire hospital scandal, the powers that be are going to insist HCAs become more qualified.

One presumes another tier of carers is going to have to be created once we reach the inevitable situation of HCAs needing a university degree and considering themselves too qualified to do the drudge work.

Seems the real issue is staffing numbers and someone taking responsibility for supervision.

1 comment:

  1. It should be a circular thing. Bump everyone up one level and then take those from the top and start them again at the bottom (Chairman Mao had the idea with his Cultural Revolution). So the Hospital managers become the unqualified health care assistants. If that isn't the thought to keep you well clear of hospitals I don't know what is.