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In the news this week: 5 minute analysis

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Should nursing associates be regulated?

With the results from the HEE consultation on this question due later this month , early indications suggest there is “strong support” for regulation. According to the national workforce planning body leading the consultation, respondents also want those in the role to be able to administer medication, undertake dressings and care for people with catheters.

Government plans for NHS staffing have “serious flaws” – strong words from the Commons’ public accounts committee. The committee of MPs reported that trusts being set unrealistic efficiency targets have led to shortfalls in the number of clinical staff.

In the same report, the committee also expressed concerns about removing the student bursary for nurses and noted HEE had done no work to look at the impact the reforms would have on the overall number and type of applicants.


In brief: Why is the NMC being told to urgently review how it treats bereaved families?

Following the death of baby Joshua Titcombe in 2008, who died from an infection that was not spotted by maternity staff at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, a fitness to practice case was launched against two midwives. Both were cleared by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

The Professional Standards Authority – which regulates the NMC and can scrutinise its decisions – later reviewed whether it should challenge this decision taken by the NMC after it emerged that relevant evidence was not submitted to the NMC panel before it reached its conclusion.

But following the review the PSA concluded while the NMC’s handling of the case was “deficient” there were no legal grounds on which to challenge the decision.

The Department of Health has now told the NMC to review the way it treats patients and families and the way it handles evidence, reminding the regulator of the recommendations of the Kirkup investigation into Morecambe Bay.

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DH tells NMC to review treatment of bereaved families


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