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”.
England’s next chief nursing officer has told Nursing Times she is anxious to “demonstrate the good work that nursing and midwifery does”.
“Babies fed on demand do better at school,” reported The Guardian, adding that those who “are fed when they are hungry achieve higher test scores” but that the experience takes its toll on their mothers.
Women diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease, according to a study by University Hospitals of Leicester Trust and Leicester University.
“Human resistance to antibiotics could bring ‘the end of modern medicine as we know it’,” according to The Daily Telegraph.
There is increasing evidence that measuring blood pressure in both arms should become a routine part of monitoring patients with hypertension, according to UK researchers.
TB guidance published by RCNSubscription
Guidance on the care of patients with tuberculosis has been published by the Royal College of Nursing.
Nurses in England have lower levels of job satisfaction and are at higher risk of “burnout” than their counterparts in most other European countries, a major nursing study has revealed.
New research has found that “eating white rice could raise your risk of type 2 diabetes” according to the Daily Mail.
A Midlands hospital is conducting the UK’s first “tweetathon” from a maternity unit today.
The newly-installed chairman of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay this week said he had found a “massive gulf” between clinicians and managers at the troubled foundation trust.