Double standard watch

Why is it that doctors employed at Royal North Shore Hospital are giving press interviews outside the building every day this week of the NSW parliamentary inquiry into the hospital, while not a single nurse employed by RNSH has given an interview? Surely no-one believes that the nurses who work there don’t have opinions and suggestions for improvements, so why aren’t we hearing their voices?

We are hearing the voices of representatives of the nursing union who don’t work at RNSH, but they suffer the disadvantage of being perceived to lack the specific expertise gained from an intimate knowledge of the hospital, while the doctors who express an opinion gain the advantage from being perceived to own intimate knowledge of the hospital.

It’s difficult not to draw the inference that RNSH nurses face institutional disciplinary consequences for expressing a public opinion that do not apply to doctors who do the same. This seems not only unfair, but a perpetuation of a hierarchical and classist organisational worldview that may well be a causative factor in the hospital’s current dysfunctions. It certainly makes it easier for the doctors who are being interviewed to scapegoat nurses themselves for the problem of nursing staff shortages when their nursing coworkers aren’t given the chance to rebut them directly in public.

Crossposted at Hoyden About Town 

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9 comments on “Double standard watch
  1. Sorry, tigtog, but what’s the context here?

  2. Helen says:

    Yes, we’re not all NSW convict scum, thank you very much…

  3. tigtog says:

    Sorry guys, meant to include a link to an explanatory news story and forgotted. I will amend the post toute de suite.

  4. jinmaro says:

    It’s not as simple as that.

  5. Graham Bell says:

    Tigtog, you asked
    ” “Surely no-one believes that the nurses who work there don’t have opinions and suggestions for improvements, so why aren’t we hearing their voices?” ”

    That’s easy.

    They are servants.

    [Bet you thought this was the 21st century].

    As the old prayer went
    ” ” God bless the Squire and all his relations,
    And keep us all in our stations.” “

  6. Gaz says:

    As the old prayer went
    ” ” God bless the Squire and all his relations,
    And keep us all in our stations.” “

    Aint that the ever lovin truth.

    Who is this man that dug up that oldeeee but goody?

  7. Gaz says:

    As the old prayer went
    ” ” God bless the Squire and all his relations,
    And keep us all in our stations.” “

    Aint that the ever lovin truth.

    Who is this man that dug up that oldeee but goody?

  8. Helen says:

    And keep us in our nurses’ stations

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