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June 2013

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Pensions, staff shortages and Hunt’s “name above the bed” scheme

The Centre for Workforce Intelligence warned of an impending chronic nurse shortage

The Centre for Workforce Intelligence warned of an impending chronic nurse shortage


The start of the summer brought with it the Guardian league table of higher education providers. Everyone, including Nursing Times readers it seems, loves a league table. It was largely a tale of two universities in one city. Edinburgh University was ranked as the best place for nursing and paramedic studies while the nearby Edinburgh Napier University was the worst ranked.
Best and worst nursing courses revealed


A pension story hit the headlines this month, with nurses asked what they thought about proposals to make them work until they were 68. This came about as the government agreed with unions to review the impact of The Public Service Pensions Act (2013).
Nurses asked for views on working till 68


The Centre for Workforce Intelligence drew the concerning conclusion that in the next three years, the NHS is likely to have 47,500 fewer nurses than are needed.
NHS to face chronic nurse shortage by 2016


In a bid for more “openness” in the NHS, Jeremy Hunt announced a scheme whereby the name of the responsible nurse is written above each patient’s bed. Giving his argument in favour of the idea, the health secretary said: “The buck always needs to stop with someone and the patient has every right to know who that person is”
Put the names of nurses above every bed, says health secretary


Many of you were outraged over advice to pregnant women to be more aware of the chemical content of household products. With little evidence of the actual harm this causes unborn babies, the advice from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists was branded by many as “alarmist”.
Row over RCOG advice to avoid plastic packaging and cosmetics while pregnant


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