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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.

Union urges nurses to record staffing levels on shifts today

Nursing staff, including midwives, are being asked to record the nurse-to-patient ratio on their ward today, as part of a major national survey by Unison.

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Senior nurses likely to be 'disappointed' with pay offer, warn unions

The government’s proposed pay deal for NHS workers in England, which would see the majority of nurses and midwives benefit from a 1% uplift, could risk causing a “drain” of senior clinical managers who would see their salary frozen under the new offer, it has been warned.

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Nurse and midwife strike action suspended after new pay offer

NHS trade unions have suspended a 12 hour strike on Thursday, after the government appeared to give in to union demands offering a 1% pay rise to NHS staff.

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HCA apprentice schemes are expected to help economic recovery

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As part of its strategy to prepare the country for economic recovery, the government is increasing opportunities for apprenticeships in health care, says Dave Godson