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Cruel Britannia: a personal critique of nursing in the United Kingdom

Watson, R. and Shields, L. (2009) Cruel Britannia: a personal critique of nursing in the United Kingdom. Contemporary Nurse, 32 (1-2). pp. 42-54. ISSN 1037-6178

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The United Kingdom (UK) once led the world in nursing but because of the exigencies of the funding mechanisms of the National Health Service (NHS), it has fallen a long way behind other countries. We aim to raise awareness inside and outside the UK about the decline in nursing as a profession there. We are purposely contentious, in an attempt to raise questions, both for the UK and for countries which are recruiting British nurses who are leaving because of job losses caused by the funding crisis in the NHS. This paper discusses where the problems that have led to the decline have come from, where nursing is going and poses questions for the future. We hope that the UK government and those who influence the development of nursing will bring it back to the standard it once bad.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2009 E-Content Management. This is an author produced version of a paper subsequently published in Contemporary Nurse. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: politics; nursing; debate; nursing education; UK; National Health Service
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Nursing and Midwifery (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Miss Anthea Tucker
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2009 14:45
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 16:59
Published Version: http://www.contemporarynurse.com/
Status: Published
Publisher: e-content management
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/9819

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