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A teabag ‘treat’: the gift that shows how the NHS values nurses

Management at a hospital trust shows its appreciation to nurses with the gift of a single teabag – what’s not to like, asks Nursing Standard columnist Jane Bates

Management at a hospital trust shows its appreciation to nurses with the gift of a single teabag – what’s not to like, asks Nursing Standard columnist Jane Bates

How unfair, I thought, when I read about the reaction of hospital staff to their management’s generosity.

Every nurse at one hospital trust in England was awarded a teabag in a small paper pouch as a token of appreciation for their hard work. It was a way of saying ‘we value you, and all that you do'. Rather like the £10,000 bonus that NHS executives often award themselves, only £9,999.98 cheaper.

Show a little gratitude

So were the nurses thankful? No. In fact, I feel embarrassed by their ingratitude.

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