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Sayings of Ordinary People

Posted by caroldimon on March 5, 2015 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (1)

There is something in this if somebody cares to use it.

The University of life? Who needs education?

Whilst it most likely is that similar was said by people many year earlier most of these people hade never read any of their work;


“more kids feel insecure because they are the same not different”

No human being is the same”

"I attribute my work to the people who pushed me “ (2014)  Pharrell Williams on TV


 “Insanity is the norm” “We are living in  a lunatic asylum” (David Icke 2014) (ie they who cannot see) (Who defines the norm? They in power)


Pam (with motor neurone disease and a talking computer) “If the law is passed (assisted dying) I am worried that people will look at me and ask, why haven’t you been killed?” BBCnews


Dylan  age 9 (2014)   “make the most of every day”


Again the saying “It is what you don’t know “ that is important. ie what we are not told


“Corporate army” demindblower twitter


“shapeshifters” ann Ditch  twitter

“cloak of invisibility” Internet someone on TV news (2014)


“Ideology is blinding you to reality”” 28.10 bbcnews learning difficulties campaigner re closure SCOPE care homes


“purse centred care” (not-person centred) Shibley 2014 twitter

“Drown in the dominant political tide” M (2014)


“If you are talking about me, it proves I am not a boring person” C


“We spend so much time worrying about the future life passes us by”


“We are all lodgers” ie living- here one day, gone the next G

“The easiest way to make friends is to take drugs” Carl on TV 5.3.15




Posted by caroldimon on December 23, 2014 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Who says censorship does not exist?

Somebody who prefers to hide has objected to the website Nor was any reason given for blocking this important work. I will add articles here for now but the other was  a far clearer site.

The Committee

Posted by caroldimon on November 2, 2014 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Not quite sure where to put this. Written 20years plus ago. Some may get the drift--


It is proposed

Said Mr Jones

The Chairman to be sure,

I second that

Said Mrs Smith

A chorus of Here! Here!

The cry came from the table top

“What was it we proposed?”

 “I do suppose”

Said Mr Jones

“The rates will cover all”.

An ear horn

A snore or two

Another cup of tea

“Take  a biscuit”

Mrs Green

“Don’t mind if I do

Oh there’re the best

The chocolate kind.

I’ll take just one or two”.

“I’m getting sore,

These leather chairs,

Let’s have  a Parker knoll”

“It is proposed

The Chairman said

A nod from all and all.

"To be or not to be"-PAIN

Posted by caroldimon on October 20, 2014 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

An old adage in nursing is "p[ain is what the patients says it is". Many declare there is no need for anybody to be in pain today due to the many therapies and medications available. Yet still some patients remain in pain;

Scenario 1- Mr smith in hospital asks for his prescribed analgesics from the nurse. The nurse refuses to give it--

2 A patient in the community rings the GP for stronger pain relief or ANY pain relief to be told to wait 48hrs for  a prescription--

3 Some people  who are terminally ill in the community, await a reassessment- sadly there are not enough pain control nurses or Macmillan nurses.

4 In care homes- overseas nurses especially, may be unaware of what analgesics are available, what specialists there are  or how to refer to them, and are less reluctant to question Doctors (Duell). There are in addition cultural attitudes to pain (RCN) as of course not all treatments are available in all countries.

Now imagine the person is mentally ill or has dementia. Too may excuses are given NOT to provide pain releif- it is in her mind, she is addicted to the medication, she is not crying out, I have no time,

Meanwhile imagine that you are the person in pain desparately crying out and waiting for medication or comfort.

Help Exterminated

Posted by caroldimon on August 16, 2014 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I know this has been said before- TV/newspapers/research.

If Mrs Bloggs on your street needed help-how many would offer?

Would it be  a case of  -

Why should I?

I am too busy with work?

She has  a family?

What reward do I get?

Plus Mrs jones may refuse help as she worries you seek something in return or is ashamed.. What  a sorry merry-  go-  round.

The same could be said of the person living on thye street plus "he or she deserves it".

Is this not politically driven?

ie we all have to work to survive- they who do not work have themselves to blame. Whose end does this pereception serve? 

Help please

Posted by caroldimon on August 14, 2014 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Adding updates to is an enormous task.

Despite searching several search engines besides google there are particulalrly no examples of good or bad nursing care from some countries more than others. We found one from China--.

Whilst believing this to be censorship (we hope we are wrong), we would like people to search and send us the links please. This work is becoming "The People's Voice" and it so needs to be. Of course we do not usually search as far as  page 10 for example- takes so much time on so many issues.We do use DuckDuckGo/Alta vista and  amongst others.

Sadly we do not have access to University data bases or inter-library loans. This highlights the many problems of independent authors or researchers who are not connected  to any agency.

Staff Levels

Posted by caroldimon on July 15, 2014 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Hooray people cheer- we finally have some sort of set staff level for acute NHS hospital wards. Hang on- could it be  a con??

Acute ward needs 1 to 8 nurses, only has 2 on a shift- will they remove one fro another seting eg continuing care? Will the most vulnerable patients again face less staff and less consideration?

3 nurses to 24 patients- will HCA number be reduced ?

Shortage of nurses many argue, despite 2 thirds of newly qualified nurses not getting  a job, will there be  agreater use of agencey nurses and overseas nurses? (Some may have fake certificates. All have different attitudes/approach/training).

The government seeks (as do other countreis) a cheaper way of nursing.Are we hastening acheivement of this aim?

Foundation Trusts have no Government involevment. Will these nurse levels apply?

This will not it appears, apply to private hospitals or care homes.

Some nurses have different perceptions of their role - "we are not here to do the work of a CA". This approach will require alterations in education of nurses- there are signs that this is already occuring.

USA and Australia do have set staff levels for hospuitals in some states. Some particullary useful ones from ANA/

See for refs and free updates.

We need more staff- not only nurses. Nurse levels do differ per speciality.

Knit one, Pearl One

Posted by caroldimon on June 10, 2014 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Writing "The commodity of care" was  a bit like knitting  a jumper, or was I unravelling it? I may have dropped  a few stitches on the way !

Why do I say this? The work began by exploring patient care- largely at the bedside,  and resulted in a far bigger picture extending to the treatment of war veterans or stolen body parts. All political. Commencing gathering literature 30 years ago, and talking to staff of all levels and other individuals, I find that many are aware of the issues and able to give examples, such as fake certificates. Perhaps it is a case of the information is there and needs building on.

Comments from student nurses are particularly uplifting, like the example of  a student nurse who raised issues of quality of care at her placement and was well supported by the University.

Anyway here is hoping that this piece of knitting is extended by many other knitters!!

Trials and Tribulations of an Author

Posted by caroldimon on June 7, 2014 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)

At risk of sounding like I am moaning, this is written for would - be authors and also readers.

Writing a book alone is no easy task - undertaking the research and with nobody to check errors .

Yet, what does published work offer us? - regardless of who has written or published it. Does it offer new knowledge? Inaccessible information? Fuel to they who wish to challenge the system? Mere enjoyment and delight for they who read?


Why does writing promote disdain amongst many ? It may depend what is being written about- fact or fiction? Many may declare- “I could have written that, I had that idea, they write about poor nursing care but do nothing, the author seeks fame”. Are such comments indicative of a society based on self interest?


If a book is rejected by many publishers it may not mean it is unprintable. However, there is a risk of the idea being ‘borrowed’ by publishers or reviewers. Paying for copyright may help.

Of course, more renowned authors are preferred from a business perspective.

Finding actual sales figures may not be easy. Many outlets may offer the book for sale. Some even offer free downloads .

To some authors this may not be of concern; the aim being to distribute information not to gain monetarily nor to gain fame.

Are books sadly regarded as a profit making venture by big businesses , and a means of distributing “safe” material?

Carol Dimon 2014


Poor Care

Posted by caroldimon on April 15, 2014 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

As so often evidenced, poor care has existed for years in all countries- and always will do.

Campaigners need to be clear of their aim- is it on behalf of the patient- to reduce poor care? Or is it to gain more staff? Largley, it suits the RCN to argue that the cause is low staffing and that only good care should be spoken of.  This may well suport many nurses and the profession, but fail to support they who dare to raise issues and have done for so many years.

Many years ago confusion existed between the two, with many professionals hiding behind the screen of "low staffing". As discussed, low staffing causes omitted aspects of care in some cases; it does not cause some other examples of poor care like swearing at patients.

See article Poor Care is Poor care

Our work aimed to fully analyse reasons for this, besides short staffing and hopefully it may be used by some.

Again, we do  not deny in many cases, but not all, there are low staffing levels and  a minimum level is needed. Be clear- is the need for more nurses or more staff??

Lenin Nightingale