Last week I attended a conference for GPs in London. Not the most obvious event for the news editor of Nursing Times to attend, I admit. But there was a good reason.
It is rare for a report by government advisors to be quite so stinging as that published on nursing last week by the Migration Advisory Committee, widely known in policy circles as the “MAC”.
The announcement earlier this week of funding allocations for new maternity equipment reminded me that I planned to write something about the national maternity review, but never got round to it.
Today was very much an NHS themed day for the BBC. The lead story of the day on breakfast bulletins was an investigation revealing that the health service had thousands of vacancies for nurses and doctors.
My Wednesday started with a radio interview on an issue I thought the NHS had seen the back of, namely breaches of the rules on mixed-sex wards.
Predictably enough, the chancellor has paved the way for tomorrow’s comprehensive spending review by revealing a crowd-pleasing headline to the media in advance.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council’s decision to go full steam ahead with revalidation, despite England not stating it is ready for implementation, is a brave one.
Why are ward staffing levels being made public?Subscription
On 24 June 2014, NHS Choices will be publishing the planned and actual number of nurses on each shift on every inpatient ward in England
RCN Congress 2014: full analysisVideoSubscription
All the activity and announcements from the Royal College of Nursing’s annual conference
It’s a misconception that NICE has recommended 1:8 as a minimum ratio, says Jane Ball