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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Fitness to practise hearings against five midwives from the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust have been delayed because of legal action by their defence lawyers, Nursing Times’ sister title HSJ has learned.
Price caps on the hourly rate the NHS can pay agency nurses may not take effect until December, after regulators received more than 100 responses to a consultation on the controversial plans.
More than 2,100 mental health patients were forced to travel “out of area” for an inpatient bed in May this year, according to data published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.
Unions reacted with anger today after the Treasury warned there should be “no expectation” that every worker will receive a pay rise in line with the 1% ceiling George Osborne set for public sector pay.
An investigation commissioned by the NHS Trust Development Authority into the handling of whistleblowing concerns at a West Midlands hospital trust is understood to have been completed.
A national review of the quality of care for seriously ill children is being launched by the Care Quality Commission following the death of a baby more than a decade ago.
NHS trusts will be allowed to breach a proposed cap on agency spending if they need to ensure wards are safely staffed, the regulator Monitor has said.
Monitor has insisted it was “not telling trusts to stop recruiting clinical staff” in the high profile letter it sent to them earlier this week outlining emergency measures to try to reduce their deficits.
The quality and extent of variation between maternity services across England will be examined by the former chair of the Morecambe Bay Inquiry.
Plans to publish safe nurse staffing guidance for accident and emergency departments have been abandoned in a U-turn by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
- Hospitals struggling to hit own targets for nurse staffing levels
- Midlands trust agrees living wage pay rise for over 450 staff
- Mental health beds shortage is actually a 'discharge crisis'
- Trusts face pressure on NICE safe staffing recommendations
- NICE to publish A&E staffing guidance halted by NHS England
- NHS leaders 'didn't like answer' they got on staffing levels
- New 'duty of candour' law may change after legal threat
- Experts criticise new mental health staffing framework
- Workforce plan to train 23,000 new nurses in England by 2019
- NHS warned focus on finance risks 'disastrous consequence'