Issue : 5 February 2008
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Will we ever see the end of mixed wards?Subscription
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
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
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
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
There was a significant rise in the prison suicide rate last year, despite improvements in custodial healthcare provision.
New unit reflects patients’ journeySubscription
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
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
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
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
An equal pay case against the NHS this year could open the floodgates on thousands of similar claims from nurses.