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May 2013

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Francis responds to Francis response, NHS Direct’s future is uncertain

NHS Direct found itself uncomfortably in the spotlight in May

NHS Direct found itself uncomfortably in the spotlight in May


Robert Francis QC was back in the headlines during May. In an exclusive interview with Nursing Times and its sister title Health Service Journal, he voiced his disappointment over nurse leaders’ failure to respond to his report on Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust and a general lack of action.
Exclusive: Francis criticises nurse leadership over failure to respond to Mid Staffs report


A study found a link between the scourge of many nurses, long-term back pain, and infection by acne bacteria, leading researchers to conclude that antibiotics could help in up to 40% of cases of chronic back pain. This was never going to be a popular finding with those attempting to arrest growing resistance to antibiotics.
Antibiotics ‘can relieve back pain’


A study by the National Nursing Research Unit at King’s College London revealed the perhaps unsurprising, but still important, revelation that investing in staff wellbeing has a directly positive impact on care given to patients.
Invest in nursing staff wellbeing to improve patient outcomes, urge King’s college researchers


NHS Direct found itself uncomfortably in the spotlight this month. It emerged that NHS Direct might not be able to continue to provide the new NHS 111 non-urgent phone service past March 2014. NHS Direct subsequently announced in July that it was seeking to pull out of all 11 of its contracts to provide NHS 111, as they had proved “financially unsustainable”.
Future of NHS Direct becomes more uncertain


Research by the charity Macmillan Cancer Support uncovered the shocking news that an estimated 10,000 cancer patients a year are given the wrong drugs while in hospital.
Estimated 10,000 cancer patients ‘given wrong drugs’


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