Friday, January 28, 2011

I have three delightful days off away from the somewhat poisonous work environment. I am hoping to see a covers band tomorrow night in my local pub otherwise it will be a weekend of catching up necessary chores. The new bullying manager at work is sadly managing everything with a heavy iron fist and we are working to the rulebook. No more favours, flexible working over our allotted hours, bending rules to accommodate other agencies.With a bureaucratic control freak at the helm who does not trust experienced clinicians we will play the same game and withdraw all good will to this person. Our one hope is that within the next several weeks there will be a cull of managers at that level and this particular bureaucrat is only on an 'acting up' basis. As one team member stated "We are no longer a happy team". Hence we are scrutinising policies, procedures, health & safety act plus other acts with a deluge of emails and requests to attend to various issues. Bureaucrats love paperwork so we'll give this individual lots to play with. What a waste of time although happily the patients don't see this side of it all. I still love the fact that unless we enter our travel time into the computer system when visiting patients it is 'unrecognised'. A fifty mile round trip to see a patient was obviously performed via a Star Trek teleportation transporter! All this on top of  mandatory training to be completed within the next eight weeks so as to meet trust audits. The difficulty there is that our team is now cut to the bone from a team of fourteen clinicians to the current seven and covering a bigger area (600 square miles) so that one team member out for two hours training plus the two hours travel time causes problems.  No recruitment of staff and no use of bank staff plus a clamp down on any overtime and we are playing puppy chase its tail. Carry on nursing indeed...


Blogger Unknown said...

Enjoy your night out if you get out tomorrow, I know Andy's in town so he will be in there.

Sadly I shan't be, "having" to settle for staying in this weekend to wrestle with a 3lt box of Merlot that found its way into my shopping trolley!

6:19 pm  
Blogger delcatto said...

Pop in for one Sean...or are probably right, it's wiser sticking with the Merlot. The boxes of wine in Asda are cheap: £10.00 for a 2.25 litre box. I stuck with the reduced 4 bottles of Marston's beers for £3.98. Bargain!

8:50 pm  
Blogger Suzanne Ross Jones said...

I'm so sorry to hear things are so rough at work. Hope you're enjoying your days off.


9:56 pm  
Blogger delcatto said...

Thank you Suzie. Back at work in my other job and 'plodding'on...

4:35 pm  

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