The week began with a Royal College of Nursing survey revealing that two thirds of nurses would not have studied to join the profession if they had been unable to receive a bursary and had to take out a full loan instead
The college warned this was further evidence government proposals to scrap student nurse bursaries in England would reduce the supply of nursing staff and damage patient care.
In the capital, the London Assembly passed a motion calling for mayor Sadiq Khan to write to the health secretary requesting the bursary plans be halted immediately, claiming the proposals had been driven by short-term savings.
- Majority of nurses ‘would not have trained without bursary’
- London Assembly joins call to save student nurse bursary
Figures on delayed discharge from across the NHS in England have led to calls from unions for urgent investment in community and social care. Overall levels of delayed discharge have increased since last year, with the proportion occurring in acute care settings having gone up by around 3%.
Meanwhile, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust’s emergency services have been rated “inadequate” by the Care Quality Commission. Inspections earlier this year revealed problems including patients waiting on trolleys in corridors and frequent moving of patients at night.
Clarity over whether health care assistants are allowed to administer medication in nursing homes has been provided in new guidance. Those behind the guidance, which was developed by the University of Leeds for the Department of Health, said it was legal for HCAs to administer medicines as long as they have been appropriately trained and their competence is regularly assessed.
Finally, friends, nursing colleagues and students of a nurse lecturer who was killed by a shark in Australia have been paying tribute to her, praising her “commitment and passion for teaching and child healthcare”.