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Nursing ethics and law

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Welsh nurses will have legal duty to report safeguarding concerns

A legal obligation for health professionals to report any child or adult believed to be at risk of abuse or neglect will be implemented in Wales in 2016, ministers announced today.

Supreme Court

Midwives lose case over right to refuse to supervise terminations

Two Catholic midwives have been told they do not have the right to avoid supervising other nurses involved in caring for patients having pregnancy terminations.

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

Probe begins into deaths of older patients at Gosport hospital

An independent investigation has started into concerns about the past care and subsequent deaths of older people at Gosport War Memorial Hospital in Hampshire

Nurses asked for views on legal duty to report female genital mutilation

Nurses and other healthcare workers are being asked for their views on how the government should introduce mandatory reporting of female genital mutilation.

Nursing Times cover 25 June 2014

NMC rubber stamps new code of conduct for nurses and midwives

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has approved a new professional code for its registrants, which it says will tackle behavioural issues as well as building on existing standards around practice.

More mental health nurses to be based at police stations

Another 13 trial schemes are to be launched next April in which mental health professionals will be placed in police stations and courts, according to NHS England. 

Criminologists identify range of 'red flags' for killer nurses

A spike in death rates during shifts should not be the determining factor in identifying hospital nurses that may have murdered patients, researchers have claimed.

Figures reveal 9% hike in violent assaults on NHS staff in a year

Physical assaults on nurses and other NHS staff in England have risen by almost 9%, according to latest figures, which unions warned could represent the “tip of an iceberg”.

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Exclusive: Nurse cleared by NMC highlights 'shame' of being suspended

A bank nurse who was referred to the Nursing and Midwifery Council for misconduct and later cleared says her life and 30-year career have been left in tatters.

Stoke Mandeville hospital

Net widens to more trusts in investigation into Savile abuse

The investigation into historic abuse by Jimmy Savile on NHS premises has widened its net to cover more health service organisations and fresh allegations, it has been announced.