Shaun Lintern is a news reporter on Health Service Journal who contribures regularly to Nursing Times. He writes mainly about workforce issues and also covers mental health.
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NHS mental health providers have lost thousands of nursing posts, amid accusations services are being “looted” to implement safe staffing levels in the acute sector in the wake of the Francis report into Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust.
Controversial plans to restructure a national body responsible for overseeing NHS training have been approved, despite concerns they could dilute nursing expertise and hamper efforts to get the profession’s workforce back on its feet.
The role of investigating claims made by NHS whistleblowers could be taken out of the hands of hospital trusts, the head of a major government inquiry has indicated.
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