Issue : 19 October 2010
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15,000 complaints to NHS watchdog last yearSubscription
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.
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.
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 rejectedSubscription
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.
RCN elects deputy presidentSubscription
Cecilia Anim has been elected deputy president of the Royal College of Nursing.
New pledge on whistleblowersSubscription
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.
Single hospital rooms fail to cut infection rateSubscription
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.
Specialist shift a waste of cash Subscription
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.
Setback for advanced nursesSubscription
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.
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.