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Peter Carter

Peter Carter - news and analysis for nurses

Public recognise need for more nurses, suggests union poll

The vast majority of the British public believe more nurses are needed in hospitals to ensure safe care, according to a new poll.


NHS must face up to alcohol and obesity challenge, warns Carter

Obesity and alcohol problems are major public health challenges that are still not being properly addressed by the NHS, with health workers often unaware of the “shocking” statistics surrounding the issues, the chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing has warned.


RCN members vote to accept government pay offer

The Royal College of Nursing has announced that its NHS members in England have voted to accept the government’s revised pay offer.

Royal College of Nursing

Unions welcome whistleblowing measures outlined by Francis

Key health unions have welcomed the recommendations on whistleblowing made today by Sir Robert Francis, but with caveats that any resulting measures must not be seen as “tick-box” exercises by managers.

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College criticises rising NHS financial burden of agency nurses

Short-term workforce planning means the NHS will spend almost £1bn on agency nurses in the 2014-15 financial year, according to the Royal College of Nursing.


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.

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.


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.


Nurses in Hertfordshire to claim pay for 'actual hours worked'

Nurses at a trust in Hertfordshire are to make pay claims for the actual hours they work, as part of a national campaign by the Royal College of Nursing.

George Osborne

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.

Jane Cummings

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.

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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