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Dancing Medics

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Missfoodlove Thu 23-Apr-20 10:02:47

Many hospital staff have posted videos on TikTok and other social media platforms.
These are well rehearsed routines that have taken place on hospital wards/corridors.
Is this disrespectful time wasting or harmless fun?

Missfoodlove Thu 23-Apr-20 10:06:06

B9exchange Thu 23-Apr-20 10:23:24

I think in their current awful situation, losing so many of their colleagues, anything that distracts them for a few moments is wonderful. Dancing is good for endorphins!

I understand that the non-covid-19 wards are finding they have far fewer patients due to all the cancellations, perhaps they have a little time to rehearse.

quizqueen Thu 23-Apr-20 10:23:25

The 4 Nightingale hospitals have barely been used and more are due to open, apparently. Why weren't some of the people from care homes, who have flu, put in them? It seems they don't have the staff.

That should tell everyone-well, at least, those who don't have anti privatisation blinkers on- that the NHS is rubbish at managing money and resources and that the 'experts' have been wrong ( yet again!) so, in future, financial decisions need to be outsourced to someone who knows what they are doing!

MaizieD Thu 23-Apr-20 10:28:08

Is this a serious question?

Those wonderful, dedicated, poorly paid, hardworking staff, some of whom are putting themselves in danger every working day, aren't allowed a bit of fun?

How bl**dy dare they practise a dance routine and video it. Of course, they may be doing it before or after they go on their shift, but let's just assume that they're time wasting...

As for 'disrespectful', I think that most people in hospital love the cheerfulness of the staff, it's a boost to their morale. And things like this keep up staff morale, too. I think it's good.

I'm not assuming that the OP thinks negatively about these videos, just getting my bit in grin

oldgimmer1 Thu 23-Apr-20 10:30:29

I think it's unprofessional and attention-seeking, but harmless.

Oldwoman70 Thu 23-Apr-20 10:54:05

I agree with MaizieD These are people doing an incredibly stressful job - so they let off steam occasionally, where's the harm? I am sure they didn't suddenly desert the wards to practice and then film the dance routine just as I am sure any patients watching would have enjoyed it.

Shelmiss Thu 23-Apr-20 10:58:14

quizqueen I know of someone from a care home who was put in the Manchester Nightingale just yesterday. They do have the staff.

EllanVannin Thu 23-Apr-20 11:03:26

With so many that have died and who remain to be ill ?? NO !

How would anyone who's lost someone like to see this ?

EllanVannin Thu 23-Apr-20 11:10:08

Yes, I've got an idea-----18,000+ people have died, let's act daft and dance ! It's excruciating to watch.

EllanVannin Thu 23-Apr-20 11:12:21

There's a time and a place and it's NOT in the workplace.

Blinko Thu 23-Apr-20 11:13:12

Must admit I'm among those who felt it was an opportunity for hardworking medics to let off steam... Good on them!

Daisymae Thu 23-Apr-20 11:15:56

I just wondered how they find the time to rehearse

eazybee Thu 23-Apr-20 11:26:18

Good luck to them; I don't find it disrespectful, and I am assuming it is done in their rest breaks. If I was on the wards I would like to watch the rehearsals.
Do people really think that these staff are untouched by the tragic deaths they witness daily?

Stand outside and applaud their hard work, yes, but pictures of them having a break and having fun; oh dearie me no.


EllanVannin Thu 23-Apr-20 11:28:41

Or the energy after a shift Daisymae.

Eazybee, I don't even stand outside clapping !

Missfoodlove Thu 23-Apr-20 11:29:11

How would we feel if funeral directors were doing the same?
Is it any different?

EllanVannin Thu 23-Apr-20 11:44:49

As a retired nurse I worked damned hard and appreciate the hard work that the majority of them do but not once in all the years, were staff recognised, doctors, surgeons and nurses, so after ALL the years these people have worked/work, it's taken over 60 years for the general public to recognise and appreciate the work that they do, that it has to take a deadly pandemic to make people sit up and take notice. I've known most of my life how hard they work even if others haven't.

Hospitals, clinics and GP's have " just been " places to go to when sick/injured, without thought of how they're treated or who treats them. We've taken these places far too much for granted over the years and this is and has been my problem.

I've worked with some magnificent surgeons/consultants over the years who deserved medals and more for their work, especially in the 50's/60's. Yes there was praise for saving lives but none of the front page headlines that would have been well deserved at the time.

EllanVannin Thu 23-Apr-20 11:49:03

Missfoodlove, you'd then get the distinct feeling that they were laxed in what they did. Not a good impression I'd have thought. Certainly not professional that's for sure.

The old matron I trained under would be turning in her grave.

heath480 Thu 23-Apr-20 11:55:04

I am a Retired Nurse,these videos appall me.

Nursing was a well respected Profession,we had high standards.I trained in Central London in the 1960’s.We could do no wrong in the Public’s eyes.

Of course we didn’t make headline news,it was a different
world as far as social media goes.

Dancing around,hair hanging down,jewellery,nail polish!!

So disrespectful to patients and their families.

Hopefully with all the bad press today these videos will stop.

gillybob Thu 23-Apr-20 11:58:59

My view may be unpopular but I don't think "dancing medics" is appropriate at all.

I'm thinking how I would have felt seeing this when my DH was fighting for his life in ICU with others not so lucky.

I remember sitting in the little sad family room watching ordinary people walk by laughing and chatting thinking "how bloody dare you carry on as normal" I can't imagine how I would have felt seeing nurses dancing and laughing.

May7 Thu 23-Apr-20 12:01:21

Even in the worst of times hospital staff find time to be cheerful and have fun. Some who dont work in that setting (and it appears some who do) may see it as black humour but this is how many people cope with horror around them. Laughter is the best medicine - it releases endorphins.

Visit a hospice or childrens ward or just listen to a porter when they escort you to theatre.
Lighten up please. These have to be the worst times many of these hospital staff have had to endure and there's will be probably more of it to come

Ellianne Thu 23-Apr-20 12:31:45

If music and dance help them to cope a bit better then that's fine. If it helps the patients in their care then that's fine too. What I object to is that the whole thing then becomes a competition on social media as to who can put on the best display amongst the profession. It is attention seeking.

coggie Thu 23-Apr-20 12:35:57

EV, you don't clap? You are to be shamed, vilified and mocked.

It's a collective madness I'm afraid.

coggie Thu 23-Apr-20 12:36:44

heath, an interesting comment. Thanks

Chestnut Thu 23-Apr-20 12:48:48

I think it's hugely insensitive to the patients and their families who are very sick or dying. It's just not appropriate in the circumstances. We are hugely grateful to these people and want them to keep their spirits up, but this is not professional or considerate. ?