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Issue : March 2012

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    GP groups must prove they have nursing roleSubscription

    News4 April, 2012

    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.

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    PNs face tighter checks on registrationSubscription

    News2 April, 2012

    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.

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    Immigration cap would 'halve' UK's migrant nurse workforceSubscription

    News31 March, 2012

    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 attack

    Heart attack prediction test? Not yet

    NHS Choices31 March, 2012

    “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”.

  • Nurse arrives at a patient's home

    900 nurses in Virgin community services dealSubscription

    News30 March, 2012

    Community services, including provision of nursing care at eight community hospitals, have been transferred to the private sector in a deal worth £500m.

  • care quality commission

    Union turns table on CQC with 'inspection' of its ownSubscription

    News30 March, 2012

    Staff working for the Care Quality Commission are demoralised and fear making a mistake because of impossible workloads, a union survey has found.

  • Cardiology

    Heart-related collapses like Muamba's 'are rare'

    NHS Choices30 March, 2012

    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.

  • Painkiller

    Aspirin: cancer-fighting benefits uncertain

    NHS Choices29 March, 2012

    “Taking a low dose of aspirin every day can prevent and possibly even treat cancer,” BBC News reported.

  • Brain scan

    'Electric shock' depression therapy unravelled

    NHS Choices28 March, 2012

    Scientists have discovered how electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) works in people with severe depression, The Independent has reported.

  • Mouse 'fat gene' gives clues on weight gain

    NHS Choices27 March, 2012

    “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”.

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