Issue : 5 April 2011
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New handbook for nurses to raise concernsSubscription
Guidance on raising concerns about patient safety in the wake of the crisis at Mid Staffordshire Hospital was launched last week by the union Unison at its annual health conference in Liverpool.
Help for nurses to spot sexual abuseSubscription
Nurses and midwives will be able to benefit from a new scheme to help health professionals spot sexual abuse in children and adults.
Advice sought on whistleblowing 'ignored'Subscription
Four in 10 people working in the care sector who have sought advice on whistleblowing have tried to raise their concerns with management, which were either denied or ignored, research has revealed.
Statins 'cut pneumonia death rate'Subscription
Death by pneumonia could be avoided by taking statins, a study by a group of epidemiologists at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has revealed.
London consortium commits to nurse on its boardSubscription
A pioneering GP consortium plans to give local practice nurses a vote to elect one of their number to a position on its board.
The government has failed to clarify whether nurses that set up new “social enterprise” schemes will able to keep their NHS pension.
A report highlighting a major shortage of nurses at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust was withheld from the organisation’s board by its chief executive until it gained foundation status.
Nurses to lead on care after deathSubscription
Exclusive: Registered nurses have been charged with responsibility for overseeing the care of patients after death, under the first national guidance on “last offices”.
Health visitors will be encouraged to supervise more than one student at a time in a bid to achieve the government’s target of 4,200 more health visitors in post by 2015.
One month's delay to NHS reformsSubscription
The Health Bill’s progress through parliament is to be delayed by a month to give health secretary Andrew Lansley time to listen to concerns about the possible impact on the NHS.