The Secret Nurse: the inside story of life in the NHS

For a list of all our articles please scroll down this page.  Here are the latest five

  1. Hospitals and trusts refuse to respond to or even record, complaints
  2. No one told me I had cancer
  3. The politicians running the NHS are criminals
  4. If you are ill you can find out what’s wrong with you on the internet
  5. And now we are going to have even fewer nurses

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The NHS is the most wonderful idea, the most brilliant conception.  It has saved millions of lives and given proper health support, advice and treatment to a whole nation for around 70 years.

But of late something has been going wrong.

The problem is not irredeemable, but it is a problem that needs fixing.

Unfortunately the fixing so far has been done by politicians, many of whom hardly ever interact with the NHS at all, preferring to take private medical health services when they are ill.

Quite simply those of us involved in this web site feel that their broad brush conclusions and consequent reforms are utterly mis-founded, and rather than make the NHS better are actually making things worse.

Our view is simple.  If instead of looking at the whole NHS in one go or indeed at the NHS in one area, one looks at the daily work and experiences of NHS staff, one gets a much clearer vision as to what is going wrong – and how to put it wrong.   In this way you get details, and from details it is possible to develop reforming plans.   The reforms need to be bottom up not top down.

What you will read on these pages will almost certainly shock you and dismay you, but they are the true daily experiences of an NHS nurse.

This site comes about because one NHS employee has finally decided to speak out.  If you would like to add your voice and submit an article, or just an outline of an experience you have had, please do write to Tony@hamilton-house.com and I will pass the information on.

Recent tales…

  1. Hospitals and trusts refuse to respond to or even record, complaints
  2. No one told me I had cancer
  3. The politicians running the NHS are criminals
  4. If you are ill you can find out what’s wrong with you on the internet
  5. And now we are going to have even fewer nurses
  6. The three factors that are destroying the NHS
  7. The efficiencies we could see in the NHS and why they won’t work
  8. Let’s all be more efficient
  9. Expectations have changed and that’s the problem
  10. How the government has given each hospital trust two thirds of a nurse per year, to cope with the rise of alcohol related illness.
  11. It’s tough but the GP must always be understanding
  12. Ask the temp she knows everything
  13. Making it up as we go along
  14. In the NHS, its the staff shortage stupid
  15. Backups are not our thing
  16. I know you are part time, but you still do a full time schedule
  17. A mistake?  Hush it up, no one will notice.
  18. The tipping point – when those within the NHS stop believing
  19. When Management Fails, bullying prevails
  20. When the patient says, “No, I’m not having that”
  21. How the NHS stops people making complaints
  22. Care for the elderly is getting worse
  23. The problem with staff shortages is we’ll take on anyone.

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