Jane Bates: A quiet shift? Please don't utter the ‘q’ word

Certain words are just unacceptable to nurses.

Certain words are just unacceptable to nurses

‘Labour will put a stop to bad language,’ I heard in the run-up to the election. Quite right too, I thought. All that effing and blinding. Totally unnecessary. Then I realised they had said ‘bad landlords’, not ‘bad language’. Must make that audiology appointment…

Nurses, of course, have a different take on bad language. Certain words, to us, are totally unacceptable. The word ‘reform’, for instance, in the same sentence as ‘NHS’ means daft ideas imposed on us by people who have no inkling about patient care, but are paid loads to think they do. Then there is the word ‘Brexit’. We are not sure yet, but it could mean a rise in the cost of Prosecco. Wash your mouth out for even thinking


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