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News In Brief

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News In Brief

- The RCN has called this month’s healthcare-associated infection figures from the Health Protection Agency ‘encouraging’. The figures suggested a decline in both MRSA and Clostridium difficile cases. But RCN general secretary Peter Carter said: ‘This good start should not be a signal for complacency. To move forward we need to learn from previous mistakes.’

- Employing a nurse for every secondary school in Wales is one of the priorities outlined in new spending plans. The Welsh Assembly announced last week that it will be investing £1.3bn in the NHS over the next three years, of which £4.5m will be allocated to school nurses. Nearly £17m has been earmarked for setting up walk-in centres, £7.5m for treating long-term conditions and £8m for palliative care.

- A bill to create a merged healthcare regulator in England is to be introduced. The government announced its intention to create the Care Quality Commission in the Queen’s Speech last week.

- The Health Protection Agency has issued guidance on controlling the spread of norovirus infection. Professor Peter Borriello, director of its Centre for Infections, said: ‘We are currently seeing low but increasing levels of norovirus infection across the UK, which may mark the beginning of the winter season.’

- Nurses have until 30 November to take part in NT’s Top 100 annual workplace survey. Nurses can rate trusts on criteria ranging from staff benefits and family friendliness to morale and training opportunities. Enter online at

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