Issue : 28 June 2011
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Compassion, or the lack of it, has been at the heart of nursing reform.
One of England’s two specialist women’s hospitals has admitted it is failing to hit recommended minimum levels for midwifery staffing.
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Plymouth looks to downsize by 281 postsSubscription
Plymouth Hospitals Trust has begun a consultation with frontline staff on reducing its workforce by 281 whole time equivalents to help the trust reduce the pay bill by £17m.
Nurses sought to stamp out Olympics dopingSubscription
Nurses are to be recruited to play a key role in stamping out the use of performance-enhancing drugs during the 2012 Olympics.
Nurses more aware of job cuts than other staffSubscription
Hospital nurses have the least knowledge of any NHS staff group about the reforms but are the most aware of job cuts, a Department of Health survey has revealed.
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NHS Direct, which employs 800 nurses, is to cut its frontline staff budget by more than 10% as part of a £14.6m savings plan - but the body has expressed confidence that redundancies can be avoided.
Hope is growing that the Health Bill can be amended to ensure healthcare assistants are regulated, despite government resistance to such a move.