Issue : March 2012
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GP groups must prove they have nursing roleSubscription
The government’s new GP-led commissioning groups will have to prove they have a nurse on their governing body before taking on their duties, according to documents seen by Nursing Times.
PNs face tighter checks on registrationSubscription
GPs are to be told to check their practice nurses are on the nursing register in response to fears unqualified staff are posing as registrants.
The Royal College of Nursing says it has “grave concerns” that a shake up of UK immigration policy could lead to thousands of overseas nurses being forced to leave the UK.
“Heart attacks could be predicted in advance,” The Daily Telegraph has reported, while the Daily Mail assures readers that a “simple and inexpensive test that can spot a heart attack waiting to happen could be available next year”.
900 nurses in Virgin community services dealSubscription
Community services, including provision of nursing care at eight community hospitals, have been transferred to the private sector in a deal worth £500m.
Staff working for the Care Quality Commission are demoralised and fear making a mistake because of impossible workloads, a union survey has found.
The mid-game collapse of footballer Fabrice Muamba has received massive press attention this week, as the 23-year-old was left in a critical condition after his heart stopped beating.
“Taking a low dose of aspirin every day can prevent and possibly even treat cancer,” BBC News reported.
Scientists have discovered how electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) works in people with severe depression, The Independent has reported.
“The secret to staying slim may be all in your genes,” the Daily Mail has reported, adding that scientists have uncovered a “greedy gene that makes you eat more even when you are full”.