Jane Bates

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Jane Bates: nobody should have to tolerate violence in the workplace

When frontline NHS staff experience a personal attack in the line of duty, employers must deal with it rather than brush it under the carpet, says Jane Bates.

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Jane Bates: laughter really is the best medicine

As well as helping patients to relax, banter can be a useful tool in getting important messages across.

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Jane Bates: Three strikes and you're out

After taking on NHS Improvement over the agency ban, the RCN now has a bigger fight on its hands over nurses' dismal 1% pay rise, says Jane Bates.

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Jane Bates: does anybody care about nurses' health and well-being?

With a recent survey showing nurses are taking antidepressants and going on sick leave due to stress, Jane Bates asks if anybody cares enough to do something about the pressures they face.

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Jane Bates: Patients must start taking responsibility for their own health

With the NHS more understaffed than ever, patients have to start meeting health professionals half way by at least providing us with essential information, says Jane Bates.

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Jane Bates: Stop squandering money on quango chiefs and pay nurses what they are worth

Why should nurses settle for a miserly 1% pay increase when senior officials are still earning six-figure salaries, asks Jane Bates.

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Jane Bates: Keep complaints in perspective

Some complaints are caused by a simple misunderstanding, so don't take them too much to heart, says Jane Bates.

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Jane Bates: Working on the frontline can feel like a battle

With military metaphors abounding in the NHS, Jane Bates reflects on fighting the 'enemy' - exhaustion and lack of time

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Jane Bates: To sleep, perchance to dream

When work-related stress causes you to channel your inner Shakespeare, it’s time to get a grip, says Jane Bates.

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Jane Bates: Beware the impatient patient

Despite the fast pace of today’s society, delivering safe and effective care does not happen in an instant, says Jane Bates.

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Jane Bates: The medication information dilemma

Patients have a right to know about the common side effects of their medicines, but reciting a list of unlikely complications could result in them refusing to take them, says Jane Bates.

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Jane Bates: toilets are no place for resuscitating patients

If you are going to pass out, please do it somewhere spacious, says Jane Bates.

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Jane Bates: Tackle air pollution before the NHS goes under

The NHS does not have the capacity to cope with a large-scale environmental emergency, such as The Great Smog of 1952 which killed 12,000 people, says Jane Bates.

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Jane Bates: I’m just a girl who can’t say no...or yes

Jane Bates struggles to stick to the point when taking part in a health questionnaire.

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Jane Bates: Telling patients the cost of their care is immoral

Jane Bates argues that ‘wisening up’ patients by telling them the cost of their healthcare to the NHS is a step too far.

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Jane Bates: The perils of alcohol

As she braces herself for Dry January, Jane Bates reflects on the ‘good old days’, when alcohol was nasty medicine to be avoided at all costs.

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Jane Bates: Not a soul to call on

It is not just older people who have no friends or family to call on in times of need, says Jane Bates.

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Jane Bates: ‘Tis the season to be jolly

The Christmas pantomime is as traditional as carols by candlelight and Christmas pudding, and everybody should be able to enjoy it, says Jane Bates.

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