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Issue : 19 October 2010

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  • complaint

    15,000 complaints to NHS watchdog last yearSubscription

    News22 October, 2010

    The highest number of complaints from NHS patients are about failings in clinical care and the attitude of staff, according to an ombudsman’s report.

  • Health minister Anne Milton

    Health visitors recruitment plan survives spending reviewSubscription

    News21 October, 2010

    Government plans to recruit 4,200 new health visitors have survived the spending review – but question marks remain over pay, training and the possible “dumbing down” of the role.

  • Peter Carter

    Spending review will lead to strain on health services, warns RCNSubscription

    News21 October, 2010

    The real terms rise in NHS spending “will still feel like a cut”, according to the Royal College of Nursing.

  • Full RCN membership for HCAs rejected

    Full RCN membership for HCAs rejectedSubscription

    News21 October, 2010

    The Royal College of Nursing has voted not to make changes to its constitution that would have allowed health care assistants to become full members of the organisation.

  • Cecilia Anim has been elected deputy president of the Royal College of Nursing.

    RCN elects deputy presidentSubscription

    News19 October, 2010

    Cecilia Anim has been elected deputy president of the Royal College of Nursing.

  • Health service employers will have to pledge to support whistleblowers

    New pledge on whistleblowersSubscription

    News19 October, 2010

    Health service employers will have to pledge to support whistleblowers, under proposed changes to the NHS constitution announced ahead of the latest inquiry into care failings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust.

  • Giving patients their own hospital room does not improve infection rates or lengths of stay and may increase the likelihood of falls

    Single hospital rooms fail to cut infection rateSubscription

    News19 October, 2010

    Giving patients their own hospital room does not improve infection rates or lengths of stay and may increase the likelihood of falls, research seen exclusively by Nursing Times shows.

  • Moving clinical nurse specialists to general duties will cost the NHS more in the long run than keeping them in their specialist roles

    Specialist shift a waste of cash Subscription

    News19 October, 2010

    Moving clinical nurse specialists to general duties will cost the NHS more in the long run than keeping them in their specialist roles, according to a report by major cancer organisations.

  • The government is turning a blind eye to compliance with the European working time directive – a move set to affect thousands of advanced nurse practitioners who have stepped into gaps left by junior doctors.

    Setback for advanced nursesSubscription

    News19 October, 2010

    The government is turning a blind eye to compliance with the European working time directive – a move set to affect thousands of advanced nurse practitioners who have stepped into gaps left by junior doctors.

  • Procedural bottlenecks cost a district nurse five wasted hours per botched referral

    Botched referrals cost district nurses five hours eachSubscription

    News19 October, 2010

    Each mismanaged referral to a district nurse wastes five hours of their time, according to initial findings from one of the country’s first major studies into community nursing productivity.

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