Compassionate care

“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for.”

Mother Theresa

Florence Nightingale, like Mother Theresa, understood that ..
         .. care and compassion spring from the understanding of the patient as an individual, entitled to respect and dignity..  
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“Again and again it seems that the real task for health care in these days is not just to fight the constant battle for proper resourcing, but to hold on to the belief that what needs to be resourced is a system that has to be kept human – that is, a system that puts resources at the service of dignity as an intrinsic and vital aspect of health.
It must be a system that treats its own professionals with dignity and doesn’t assume that the only professional skills worth developing are the material ones, or that the only goals that matter are the economic ones.”


Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
From a sermon for the annual Florence Nightingale Commemoration Service for the Nursing Profession

 

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