Issue : 23 March 2010
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Using supported learning to ensure nurse recruits are skilled to care for acutely ill patientsSubscription
Nurses often lack the necessary skills to care for patients with acute illness. A trust set up a programme to enable applicants to train before taking up posts
I watched an argument between a car driver and a cyclist recently. The cyclist felt the driver had emerged from a side street without due care; the driver felt the cyclist had jumped some traffic lights and should not have been where he was.
Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have been told their registration with the Care Quality Commission is conditional on them improving the support they give to staff.
Our political parties face a challenge. All agree that spending needs to be trimmed, if not cut substantially, and the extent of any changes in spending will be a defining political issue between now and polling day. At the same time, the NHS remains - in the words of Margaret Thatcher’s chancellor of the exchequer Nigel Lawson - something akin to a national religion.