NHS nursing and midwifery staff in Scotland have been offered a minimum of a 9% pay rise over the next three years, under latest proposals.
Concerns raised by nurses more than 25 years ago about excessive use of powerful painkilling drugs at Gosport War Memorial Hospital were ignored resulting in lives being needlessly cut short, according to a public inquiry into more than 800 deaths at the hospital.
More opportunities for flexible working and career development will be among key measures to feature in a new 10‐year plan for the NHS that will “reset the deal between the NHS and its staff”, according to prime minister Theresa May.
More nurses and doctors from outside the European Union will be able to work in the NHS, after a government decision to exclude them from the cap on skilled workers.
A leading midwife who was employed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council to advise on midwifery education claims she was “silenced” when she tried to talk about the everyday challenges of maternity care and that midwives are basically seen as “a nuisance” by the regulator.
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The outgoing chief executive and registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council has said it is “absolutely essential” for the regulator to take more account of registrant views during cases.
A leading midwife has said the Nursing and midwifery Council owes midwives and nurses, as well as families, an apology over the way it handled fitness to practise cases linked to the Morecambe Bay maternity scandal.