Brit nurses told not to call patients dearie over fears of offending them

November 27th, 2008 - 2:18 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Nov 27 (ANI): Nurses in the UK have been prohibited from calling elderly patients dearie or love over fears of offending them.

According to the new guidelines issued by the Nursing and Midwifrey Council (NMC), elderly patients will not be addressed with Dearie as they find it demeaning and offensive.

The guidelines for the care of older people have been formed after listening to their concern.

The guidelines also define the most obvious and basic parts of the nurses duty, such as the importance of listening, and ensuring that older people receive adequate fluids and are given help to eat if they need it.

However the critics think that there are more grave needs to be taken care of by the NMC, rather than focusing on particular terms used by the nurses.

I think most people will see guidance such as this as the world having gone mad, The Daily Express quoted Shadow health minister Anne Milton, as saying.

The NMC said the guidelines would help the 674,000 U.K nurses to interpret their code of conduct when caring for older patients. (ANI)

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