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December 2013

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A&E targets, good news for nurse training and more pension headlines


Figures revealed that patients are significantly more likely to be admitted to hospital in the 10 minutes before a key target could be breached than at any other time – possibly not a huge surprise to many readers. Some 59% of patients are admitted to hospital in the final 10 minutes of a four-hour wait at A&E compared to just 10% of patients who spend 10 minutes in A&E, according to the stats from the Health and Social Care Information Centre.
Hospital admission times ‘linked to A&E target’


The battle against dementia should be refocused away from “dubious” drugs to the benefits of a Mediterranean diet, a group of doctors and health experts said ahead of an international summit on the condition. In a letter to health secretary Jeremy Hunt, they said persuading people to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, fish and olive oil was “possibly the best strategy currently available”. Dementia experts from G8 countries gathered in London this month for a meeting convened by David Cameron as part of the UK’s presidency of the group of leading economies.
Docs call for more focus on diet to ward off dementia


Nurses who work for private companies that provide care funded by the health service were told they would be granted access to the NHS Pension Scheme under proposals. The proposal applies to staff “wholly or mainly” involved in delivering NHS funded care. However, there was a sting in the tail as the move could provide a boost to independent providers seeking to bid for NHS work as they will no longer have to compete with the taxpayer guaranteed NHS pension.
Private sector staff win access to NHS pension


A High Court judge granted an injunction to stop former Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust chief nurse Jan Harry from leaving the Nursing and Midwifery Council register and therefore able to avoid further disciplinary action. Ms Harry’s registration was due to lapse this month. She was handed a five year caution order that is being appealed by the Professional Standards Authority, which claimed it was “too lenient”.
Judge intervenes in case of former Mid Staffs nurse chief


Some good news, at last. The first ever national workforce plan for the NHS was approved by Health Education England, promising a 9% increase in the number of training places for nurses. In an attempt to reverse the decline in nurse training and to tackle a growing staff shortage, HEE will commission 13,228 places for trainee nurses from 2014-15, an increase of 1,094 on the 2013-14 level. This could result in 2017 seeing the largest number of qualified nurses ever produced in 2017.
Workforce plan promises 9% rise in nursing course places


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