Issue : January 2012
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Patients should be asked about their diet, smoking and drinking habits every time they see a health professional, according to government advisers.
Half of smokers 'unaware of risks'Subscription
More than half of smokers do not appreciate the risks associated with the habit, the NHS has said.
Surgeon calls for removal of faulty implantsSubscription
All women with faulty breast implants should have them removed given the “uncertainty and lack of knowledge” about the extent of the problems, a leading surgeon has warned.
Older people at risk from 'failing care system'Subscription
The government and the Labour Party are being urged to overhaul England’s “failing” social care system, which experts say is leaving 800,000 elderly people “lonely, isolated and at risk”.
Government unveils £150m extra care home fundsSubscription
The government has announced an extra £150 million for patients to receive care at home rather than in hospital.
Former nurse to take up new role with SHASubscription
Heather Lawrence OBE is to leave Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust and start a new role supporting London’s NHS trusts in achieving foundation status.
Trusts should be “wary” of withholding pay increments from staff with poor attendance records, one of the country’s most senior industrial relations figures has told Nursing Times.
David Cameron today called for wider uptake of intentional nursing rounds and reduced bureaucracy, and established a nurse review group to address concerns about NHS care standards.
Unite rejects pensions dealSubscription
A union representing more than 100,000 NHS workers has rejected the government’s offer on pensions, opening up the possibility for more industrial action.
A year-long review has concluded that rules on assisted dying in England and Wales should be changed to allow nurses to help some patients to die.