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Issue : 5 February 2008

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  • Will we ever see the end of mixed wards?Subscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    Ministers have admitted they are failing to meet a pledge to abolish mixed-sex wards, claiming single-sex bays will suffice. Richard Staines gauges reaction from the frontline

  • Africa losing one in ten qualified nurses to developed countriesSubscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    One in ten nurses born in Africa is working in a developed country, according to estimates based on census data from the top nine destinations for overseas health professionals.

  • Vacancies put Scottish care standards at riskSubscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    Increases in nurse numbers in Scotland are being outstripped by vacancy rates, leading to warnings that care standards are suffering as a result.

  • Psychiatric staffing levels ‘unsafe’Subscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    Nurse shortages and overcrowding in acute psychiatric units is having a ‘deleterious’ effect on the care of detained patients, a watchdog warned last week.

  • Suicides increase in prison systemSubscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    There was a significant rise in the prison suicide rate last year, despite improvements in custodial healthcare provision.

  • New unit reflects patients’ journeySubscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    A new £33.5m medium-secure mental health unit is to open this month at Bethlem Royal Hospital in South London.

  • Trusts face infection litigationSubscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    Foundation trusts could be sued if they breach infection control regulations under new proposals issued by their regulatory body.

  • Drop in infection rate puts target in sightSubscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    Trusts moved a step closer to meeting the government’s MRSA target last week, after figures from the Health Protection Agency revealed a significant drop in cases.

  • NI nurses receive new dress codeSubscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    Northern Ireland nurses will be given a new dress code in April as part of a £9m infection control strategy over the next three years.

  • Equal pay case accuses AfC of inherent sexismSubscription

    Focus4 February, 2008

    An equal pay case against the NHS this year could open the floodgates on thousands of similar claims from nurses.