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News In Brief

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News In Brief

- NHS South East Coast has awarded £350,000 to ‘deep clean’ the trust at the centre of last month’s Clostridium difficile scandal. Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Hospitals NHS Trust will be one of the country’s first organisations to undergo the process, which was announced last month.

- Midwives wishing to become the NMC alternate council member for Scotland have a further 12 days to apply. The deadline has been extended due to an insufficient number of nominations. Nominations will now close at 5pm on 14 November 2007.

- Many migrants are inappropriately visiting A&E rather than registering with a
GP because they do not understand how the UK healthcare system operates, a report by the Local Government Association warned last week. There is also a need for better mental health services for asylum seekers and refugees who have
experienced trauma.

- A new bill to give the public a greater say in how local services are run received royal assent last week. The Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill will see the launch of 150 local involvement networks that will represent communities on local health decisions and have the power to investigate issues of local concern.

- A disciplinary hearing by Manchester Health and Social Care Trust into the actions of CPN and Unison branch chairperson Karen Reissmann was due to conclude as NT went to press last Friday. Ms Reissmann is alleged to have brought the trust into disrepute through her union actions.

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