Doctors and nurses ‘don’t need to show compassion’: Academic says staff should be able to carry out daily tasks without being kind to patients

Dr Anna Smajdor claims doctors and nurses should be able to carry out daily tasks without feeling any kindness towards their patients.

 

Nurses and doctors do not need to treat patients with compassion, a controversial academic has claimed.

Dr Anna Smajdor thinks staff should be able to carry out daily tasks – from removing someone’s appendix to feeding an elderly patient – without feeling any kindness towards them.

She argued that compassion ‘is not a necessary component’ of healthcare and that staff who care too much about their patients would become demoralised if they witness neglect or poor treatment on wards.

 By SOPHIE BORLAND