Inspectors have uncovered a catalogue of failings at some GP practices, with medicines stored in a way that puts children and patients at risk of infection and rooms so dirty they had maggots.
Healthcare staff looking after people in a coma or vegetative state have been issued new guidelines to help them decide on the best course of treatment.
This Week's Practice
As genomic testing becomes embedded in mainstream medicine, health professionals need to understand the role of genetics in disease
Diseases affecting the endocrine system can result in increased mortality and morbidity
Most nurses provide a high level of care to most patients - but not all. It appears acceptable not to offer some groups of people compassionate care and for health services to discriminate against them.
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In the hotseat
We will do all that we can to assist Patients First in achieving better outcomes for all, says Mike MacKenzie
Behind the Rituals
Last week we reported that more than 1,000 care home residents in England and Wales died of dehydration or were suffering from severe dehydration when they died over the past decade.
Putting it into practice
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Behind the Headlines
Nursing Book club
‘This book will be appropriate across all levels of nursing from NVQ support staff to ward managers and service providers.’
Weekly news focus
A major survey of nursing in London has revealed higher than average vacancy rates and “dangerous” cuts to senior nursing posts, amid a growing workforce shortage in the capital.
Poll of the Week
Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust has signed up to support our Speak Out Safely campaign.
60 seconds with
60 seconds with...Kate Jack, usually an advanced virology (hepatitis) specialist nurse at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust
We talk to Kate Jack, usually an advanced virology (hepatitis) specialist nurse at Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, now undertaking a master’s degree in research methods. She is an executive committee member of HCV Action. She has been a nurse for 23 years.
Macmillan Cancer Resources
A group of chief nurses, directors of nursing and assistant directors of nursing met in London to tackle the thorny issue of safe staffing levels. Nursing Times captured their thoughts