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  • Comment on: Barts in special measures after CQC rates Whipps Cross 'inadequate'

    carrie-ann's comment 17 March, 2015 5:21 pm

    This Trust is far too big. The staff were disenfranchised by downbanding and redundancies a few years ago. This appears to be the result. Short-termism - when will they ever learn??

  • Comment on: Warning older midwives may increasingly struggle with rigours of job

    carrie-ann's comment 16 March, 2015 6:17 pm

    There is definitely age discrimination in maternity services, which is against the law!

  • Comment on: Nursing fails to make it onto government's shortage occupation list

    carrie-ann's comment 26 February, 2015 10:29 pm

    There are plenty of them trained but not working, so the report is correct.

    There are lots of shortages due to poor pay and working conditions; and arbitrary and nonsensical caps on the number of staff who can be employed, -so people just want to do different jobs instead.

    Also, there is an endless supply of them from EC countries with high unemployment.

    In effect, the shortages are manufactured to save money.

  • Comment on: Midwives vote to accept NHS 1% proposed pay deal

    carrie-ann's comment 26 February, 2015 10:13 pm

    The big nurse union, RCN, has demonstrated that it will do nothing to help the other unions with industrial action. With this background, it is unlikely there will be much on offer for midwives, which is why this was accepted.

  • Comment on: 'Most women' back breast cancer screening based on gene risk

    carrie-ann's comment 20 February, 2015 1:49 pm

    Careful . . .there is not enough support to reduce screening for those at low risk, so I hope this is not what it's about.

    Breast cancer is so common that women need the option of screening tests. There could possibly be work on making screening tests more accurate.

    Also, what about ovarian cancer? Less common, but not noticed until it is almost too late.

    And what about heart attacks? Very common, but ECG's are now shown to be unreliable for women, so what development is going into this problem?

    There should be more women-centred screening, not less. Definitely still a man's world!

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