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News In Brief

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News In Brief

 A nursing student who worked as a call handler for NHS 24 claims she was unfairly dismissed because she has a brain tumour. But in a Glasgow employment tribunal last week Eunice Muir, NHS 24 executive director of nursing, said there were concerns over the woman's capability as a result of her condition. The case was ongoing as NT went to press.

 Local champions must be appointed to ensure a smooth service transition from acute care to the community, a DH report has said. Shifting Care Closer to Home outlines the experiences of clinicians in six specialties who have been involved in moving services from acute to primary care.

 Practice nurses in Scotland are being asked to take part in a survey on whether they feel they have adequate skills to carry out their role. The information will be fed into a programme to help new practice nurses. To take part in the NHS Education for Scotland survey, visit

 NHS trusts have a £4bn backlog of key maintenance repairs, government figures obtained by the Conservatives suggest. This includes a range of repairs from fixing heating to meeting fire safety rules.

 A variety of celebrities are to take part in this Saturday's NHS rally. The 'I love the NHS' march, organised by an alliance of 14 health unions, is to be attended by explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Green Wing star Tamsin Greig and bands Four Cornerz and Alabama 3. The rally will involve a march from the Thames Embankment to Trafalgar Square.

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