Zoo workers are helping to train nurses in the UK, following a damning Care Quality Commission report on the NHS’s care of the elderly.
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said that some zoo workers could fairly be described as ‘angels’, so dedicated are they to the animals in their care.
Janice Johnson looks after chimpanzees at Whipsnade Zoo and claims she has already improved the standard of care at her local hospital, where she is now matron.
‘Patients get regular meals,’ said Ms Johnson, ‘and love having a choice between bananas or nuts. At first they weren’t too keen on the beds of straw, but regular mucking out has been welcomed by all.’
Griselda Hardcastle, a nurse of twenty years experience, isn’t impressed. ‘She knows a bit about feeding and watering patients, I admit. But we just don’t have the resources to treat old people like animals.’