|The Nightingale Society|
|Newsletter||10 September 2013|
Dear Nightingale Society member
No good news, unfortunately. The Seacole Statue campaign has announced that it has raised £333,000 of the needed £500,000 for the statue at St Thomas’ Hospital.
Nightingale banknote proposal:
The Nightingale Society wrote the governor of the Bank of England proposing that Nightingale, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of her birth in 2020, again be on a banknote. We suggested that she should be portrayed with a statistical chart in the background, to show her research expertise, and be an excellent role model for school girls.
The bank replied promptly that Nightingale had been on a banknote too recently to be considered again.
The Nightingale Society wrote to the NHS Employers to protest the selection of Seacole, not Nightingale, as one of the “Pioneers of Health Care.” It was a co-sponsor, with the Dept. of Health. The reply from them was a pathetic “end justifies the means” and “accuracy does not matter” letter.
- In supporting Seacole they “make no claim for one historical figure to the detriment of another”;
- the awards are for “innovation” and are a “driving force” for black and ethnic communities;
- their letter ends with: “I am sure that the resumes of many historical figures may not stand up to the rigours of 21st century thinking or practice, however that does not prevent their stories from being an inspiration to others.”
The problem, however, is not the “rigours of 21st century thinking” but the propaganda of the late 20th and early 21st century.
Times Educational Supplement letter-to-the-editor
The following was sent September 10, 2013: