Jane Bates

A pregnant healthcare worker
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Late shifts and long hours don’t say ‘antenatal care’ to me

Pregnancy is not an illness, but it can be an exhausting time for NHS staff, says Jane Bates

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Fitted sheets on hospital beds have been a long time coming

What will we do without former icon of the profession, the hospital corner, asks Jane Bates

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Pay rise: maybe it's time to strike

Nurses are right to feel short changed by claims that earnings are up, says Jane Bates

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No excuse for grown-up tantrums at work

Temper tantrums seem liberating, but self-control is a better choice, says Jane Bates

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Turning the tide on NHS waste

A sea change in practice is needed to reduce the amount of waste in the NHS, says Jane Bates

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Jane Bates: It's time we stopped taking the NHS for granted

We demand more than the 70-year-old NHS can deliver

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Jane Bates: What the sugar tax can’t change

Despite the best efforts of government and healthcare staff, sometimes the message doesn’t get through

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Reflections on a loss of hearing

Jane Bates deals with a debilitating condition

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Help the NHS by buying your own medicine

Buy your own medicine if available over the counter to ease the burden on the NHS, says Jane...

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We shouldn't have to lie about short staffing

Hospital managers must take responsibility when understaffing affects care, says Jane Bates

Gender bias
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Jane Bates: The unsaid gender bias in nurses' poor pay

The glass ceiling doesn't seem to affect our male colleagues

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Chilblains: a blast from the past

The old days were all very well but chilblains are best consigned to history, says Jane Bates

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Jane Bates: Knitting might be the best medicine

A report that claims knitting could have health benefits making it worthy of being prescribed on the NHS sets Jane Bates on a flight of fancy

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Jane Bates: What nursing needs is adequate resources, not royal patronage

Duchess of Cambridge's endorsement of Nursing Now campaign is not enough to keep us sweet

Fly on the wall
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Jane Bates: A fly's eye view of the NHS pay rise talks 

Fancy being an eavesdropper when the proposed salary hikes were devised? Jane Bates takes you there...

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Advice to walk like a penguin was bound to bring cold comfort

Health advice is given with good intentions, but telling older people to walk like penguins during the big freeze was never going to go down well, says Jane Bates

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Only a bully would demand more productivity from nurses

Anyone naive enough to think nurses might get a meaningful pay rise will have been brought down to earth by the proposed link to ‘productivity’, which in a nursing context can mean anything, says Jane Bates

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Jane Bates: How to prevent the NHS from going down the drain

The response to the nursing crisis has been to step up training or recruit nurses from abroad. But unless the issues prompting nurses to leave the profession are addressed the NHS will not survive, says Jane Bates