Issue : 31 July 2013
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I’ve been shocked to observe the contrast in safety culture between the NHS and the nuclear industry, says James Titcombe
“Two cups of coffee a day can halve risk of suicide,” The Daily Telegraph reports, while the Daily Mail suggests that coffee may also help prevent depression.
Staff reported problems raising patient safety concerns at half of the 14 acute trusts investigated in a major review, analysis by Nursing Times has revealed.
“Mentally ill people hit hard by recession,” BBC News reports.
“Blood pressure drugs may boost brainpower,” the Daily Mail reports and “may slow the onset of Alzheimer’s”.
The government body that advises the NHS on vaccine policy, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), has decided that the new meningitis B vaccine (Bexsero) will not be added to the routine childhood vaccination schedule.
Job losses and cuts to NHS services will be the “inevitable” result of a government attempt to raid public sector pensions, according to a joint wanting from health service employers and unions.
How to communicate that you care Subscription
Offering your patients companionship will help them feel safe and supported
A consultation on minimum care standards for independent hospitals, clinics and hospices has been launched by Northern Ireland’s Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety.
Nursing Times Learning has launched its latest FREE online learning unit to educate nurses how to manage and assess diarrhoea .
The LCP Review heard terrible tales of poor care delivered by professionals to those who were dying. I have worked in palliative and end of life care for over 20 years and cannot condone such poor care.
A new award, recognising the importance of compassion in nursing, has been presented to a graduate nurse for the first time by a university in Scotland.
Proton beam cancer therapy coming to UKSubscription
Cancer patients who currently travel abroad for a special type of radiotherapy will be able to get it in the UK from 2018.
A screening tool used for detecting suicide risk in general hospital patients who have self-harmed is ineffective and should no longer be used, new research suggests.
People with diabetes are facing serious illness because the number of blood test strips available on the NHS are being rationed to cut costs, a charity has warned.
Welsh government hands palliative care £6.5m boost Subscription
Wales is investing £6.5m in its palliative care services as part of the Delivering End of Life Care Plan, published in April.
Fungal infection drug banned due to liver riskSubscription
The European Medicines Agency has banned oral medicines containing ketoconazole – sold under the brand name Nizoral – for treating fungal infections.
Latest nursing research has found that wards should have seven patients or fewer per registered nurse to avoid missing vital care.
Staffing levels: who’s counting?Subscription
With news of growing staff shortages and cuts to training places, nursing feels increasingly understaffed and under pressure. How are nurses faring on the wards, and is anybody listening?
High Court quashes Lewisham downgrade decisionSubscription
The decision to downgrade services at Lewisham Hospital has been quashed in the High Court.