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Peter Carter

Peter Carter - news and analysis for nurses

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RCN calls on nurses to record ‘hours worked’ for pay campaign

The Royal College of Nursing has signalled its intension to launch an extra hours campaign in early 2015.

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Warning from chancellor of further public sector pay restraint

Pay restraint for public sector staff including NHS workers will continue into the next parliament, chancellor George Osborne told MPs yesterday.

Crash in mental health nursing numbers branded a 'tragedy'

Mental health services across the UK are under unprecedented strain, with a steep fall in nurse numbers and available beds at a time of rising demand, the Royal College of Nursing has warned.

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CNO leads nurses on powerlist of top 100 clinical leaders

Sixteen prominent nurses and midwives have made it onto a powerlist of 100 clinical leaders drawn up by the Health Service Journal.

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Government seeks out of hours working for 'no additional pay'

Government ambitions to deliver more NHS services seven days a week - without increasing the wage bill - have been branded an “attack on hard working nurses”.

Unions call NICE guidance on safe staffing a ‘positive step’

Health unions, regulators and other nursing organisations have largely welcomed the publication of safe staffing advice for nursing care on adult inpatient wards in acute hospitals.

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RCN leader asked to justify lack of minister at congress

The chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing has defended his decision not to invite a minister to speak at this year’s congress, after suggestions it may have been a “tactical blunder”.

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RCN leader urges members to 'think carefully' before striking over pay

The leader of the Royal College of Nursing has used a keynote speech to the union’s annual conference to steer members away from strike action over pay.

Nurses' pay floundering in wake of rises for NHS execs, warns RCN

The amount of money the NHS spends on paying its senior managers has accelerated way ahead of that for nursing and midwifery staff, research by the Royal College of Nursing has found. 

NMC fee rise plans 'may hit staff retention', warn unions

Increasing the registration fee could damage efforts to retain highly skilled nursing staff to the NHS at a time when the service is facing a major staffing shortage, unions have warned.

RCN ceases providing indemnity cover for most members

The Royal College of Nursing has this week removed indemnity cover for the majority of its members working in the NHS and private sector.

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District nurses are 'facing extinction', warns RCN

District nurses are “critically endangered” and face extinction by the end of 2025 if urgent investment is not made, the Royal College of Nursing has warned.

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RCN Congress 2014: full analysis

All the activity and announcements from the Royal College of Nursing’s annual conference

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Chief exec raises fresh concerns over nurse numeracy skills

Qualified nurses are being turned away from jobs in the NHS because of poor numeracy skills it has been claimed.

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