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I am watching the panorama and heard the comment of Beverly Malone of RCN. When last was she on the ward to be so sure? Our elderly patients are not well cared for. The food is bad, and many patients suffer neglects. 'Nurses today are truly too posh to wash'. Why are we wasting money to train people that value books more than human life because they want to have a degree? Nursing is about love of the caring, not because it is the quickest route to Bsc. If the money is good, we do not need degree to care.
Lara Kayode, London, UK

It is good to see the follow-up programme on the subjects that Panorama have covered over the past year, and the action taken to rectify serious matters of concern. This action demonstrates what power television investigation has and how these very serious subjects affect the watching viewer.

I am pleased that we have seen action being taken where needed, and people helped where necessary. I suspect if it was not for Panorama we would never know what was going on in this country and the world on occasions. I am certain that the people featured in these programmes, who are still alive, will be forever grateful for the exposure and the coverage of the conditions that they had to live in and under for all too long.
Steve Fuller, Hove, East Sussex, England

Tonight was the first time I saw one of your What Happened Next programmes. I didn't know about previous ones. I think this is a very important addition to your coverage. I often feel despair when I see Panorama cover an issue and feel unable to do anything about it.

I think it is important for you to do more of this sort of follow up, as otherwise the value of covering important issues which don't seem to be being addressed by those with power will diminish. Sometimes I am moved to try to raise questions with people in a position to do something about issues raised by your programmes and others, but often I get stuck because I can't find out how to contact the relevant people.

Some information of who to contact with our concerns about issues you raise would be very helpful. If you don't feel its appropriate to do this on air, at least it would help if you tell viewers how to get this sort of information for themselves. Thanks for the very important work you are doing.
Barry Johnson, Manchester

I was completely moved by the report on Dr Kindindo's arduous plight in lobbying the Chad government and the international community to bring a better health system to Africa. In fact I had watched the first report a few months back, and as an African living in the diaspora, I am disappointed to see the lack pragmatism amongst African people living in Europe in not doing enough to engender this serious problem.

I admire the three ladies immensely for making such a decisive and brave decision to go to Africa and help the African people. Clearly their skills are invaluable and much needed. If only African governments were prepared to inject more funds in the health sector, including the distribution of funding towards training of nurses, and the establishment of an independent (auditory) health committee overseeing the distribution of resources and general improvement of the health system.
Sofia , London United Kingdom

I watched your programme of catch-ups and I thought it was a nightmare for the hospitals. I am one of those people who caught MRSA and I felt sick to watch those cleaners at work. No wonder there is so many people in the UK with MRSA and that's the NHS for you.
Sharron Ruddy, Glasgow, Scotland

Fortunately I didn't see the original programmes. I am appalled that it was necessary to make them in the first place. Our Governments ask us to trust them. We can't even trust ourselves.
DF, Lancs, England

I just watched the programme on BBC One and I really must congratulate you on the work you are doing on behalf of forgotten people all over the world.

Keep 'lifting those stones' and exposing the disgraceful organisations, people and practices hidden under them. Good TV journalism demands attention and really can start to change ordinary peoples lives for the better.

It is a real shame that you have to shock the audience to make things happen.

I hope all the Panorama team have a good break and come back recharged, refreshed and ready to continue exposing the hidden ill's of our world. There is so much work for you to do.
Geoff, Stanmore, Middlesex

Until African leaders began to value human life, the continent will never go forward, as for the ex-Chadian Health Minister, Aziza Baroud, I am happy she is gone. Pippa, Angela, Ann and Helen, thanks for time courage and effort to assist Dr Grace Kodindo. I will be sending a cheque to support such a great cause. As for the BBC, especially the Panorama team, keep up the good work, looking forward to your programmes next year.
David, Stevenage

The undercover nurse certainly showed great courage, exposing the lack of nursing care, and human compassion, that she had witnessed.

A total re-think, regarding basic nurse training, is clearly required. Instead of certain high ranking nurses chastising the undercover nurse, and calling her unprofessional, maybe she was instead doing the job that they should have been doing in the first place.

It is often said that we lack nursing staff, I feel sure that there are nurses out there, but no vacancies are on offer.

When the training of State-Enrolled Nurses was discontinued many years ago, they were sorely missed by registered nurses on the wards. Those angels were usually permanently attached to one ward, and helped hugely to supervise young student nurses in basic care and procedures, whilst the sister or staff nurse's attentions were elsewhere.

Whilst I applaud the scientific, medical, and nursing advances of modern health care, let us not forget the basic principles of it that, if practiced, are in themselves cost effective.
P Scotford, West Midlands

It is shocking to know about we, as tax payers, fund the education for Polish students in the UK.
Mimi, London

I saw your programme only recently on the web about the maternity care in Chad. I was upset by the standard care that these women received: surely every woman has the right to good maternity care wherevever they come from?

I am so pleased that the outcome has been a positive one and that a charity has now been set up. As a newly-qualified midwife I would love to have the opportunity to go to Chad for a short period and offer my help and support to these women. Living in London and working in one of the hospitals here makes me realise how fortunate we are: women recieve the best possible care not only during their pregnancy, but throughout labour and then postnatally.
Linda Tarrant, London

I felt really moved by the plight of the pregnant women of Chad. I am sick of hearing British women complaining that they were deprived of having the birth experience they wanted and how traumatised they are. I had the best birth experiences - two healthy, perfect live baby girls. The women of Chad can't even be guaranteed of this.

Why do we have this arrogance and ignorance, that just because these women are from a developing country that they are not as devasted by the preventable death of their baby?

I did not watch the original Panorama programme, and, to be honest, was glad I didn't as it would have been too upsetting for me. It was uplifting to see that some changes are being implemented and things are slowly getting better.

Panorama and the BBC must be proud that their programme made the UN take notice.
Joanne, Basingstoke, England

I have been supporting the work of Hope for Grace Kodindo since it was set up, and would urge any concerned viewers to go to our website and see how they can help our work is only just starting.

On a separate note, I too was horrified to see the treatment of elderly patients in the UK. An elderly family friend a very proud, independent and intelligent woman literally starved to death in hospital when she was unable to feed herself after a fall.

If Grace Kodindo, in her nightmarish situation, can spare the time and emotional energy to stroke the hand of a dying woman, then what's the excuse for the disgraceful conduct of these nurses in the UK?
Kate Preston, Reading

If I had had my daughter in Chad, we would both probably be dead. Thanks to the good fortune of living in the west, we survived because the staff had the resources to deal with unexpected complications. I realise how lucky I am and feel for those in Chad who do not have the same help available to them.
Heather Meldrum, Hastings, East Sussex

It breaks my family's hearts to see the negative aspects of the UK health service. Our father passed away on 25 November 2005 with the promise that we would keep him at home. With thanks to the St. John's Hospice Outreach team, we were given the support to keep Dad at home. This is a very non-political statement, but this family feel that there are so many positive aspects to our health service that aren't represented.
Diane Frances Cocks, United Kingdom

Congratulations on very interesting subjects, it just shows the powerful effect your programme has on the viewing public. Keep up the good work. What we would like to see now a detailed look at the after effects of the Tsunami Disaster. Are the people there now getting there homes and communities rebuilt? We look forward to it appearing in the near future.
Fred and Bess Kells, Swindon England





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