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News In Brief

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News In Brief

News In Brief

- All trusts are to be ranked on the quality of their maternity services. A four-point scale will be published early next year by the Healthcare Commission. Its survey of 26,000 women, published last week, found 89% rated care during pregnancy as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’, as did 90% during labour and birth, and 80% of women after birth.

- Twenty-four retired nurses living in homes run by a charitable trust may have to find new accommodation. The RCN, trustee of the John Howard Nurses’ Home since 1997,
said the original endowment to set up the trust had run out and unless an alternative provider was found, the scheme would close.

- The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs says nurses, like doctors, should be able to apply for a special licence to prescribe cocaine, diamorphine and dipipanone. These are not on the list of controlled drugs already being considered for nurse prescribing by the Home Office.

- A police officer is set to be stationed full time at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London. The appointment is thought to be one of the first of its kind in England. PC Nick Hedges, from Lambeth Police, will work alongside the trust’s in-house security team.

- As part of plans to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the NHS next year, NT wants to hear nurses’ views on how nursing has changed in the past six decades. We are also trying to trace nurses who qualified in 1948. Please email

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