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Data from acute, community, mental health and learning disability trusts collected for the first time by NHS England has shown more BME staff report feeling discriminated against by managers and having been harassed or bullied by fellow workers, than white staff. Figures show they are also less likely than white workers to believe their employer offers equal opportunities for promotion.

In emergency departments, risk assessment of VTE, and scoring vital signs in children need improvements according to audits by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine. The college found the majority of patients at risk of VTE from lower limb plaster casts were not being assessed before discharge, while the absence of a standardised scoring system for vital signs could potentially lead to undetected illness.

More attempts to convince the government to U-turn on its plans to remove bursaries for student nurses. This Saturday they and other healthcare workers will march from St Thomas Hospital in London to Downing Street to show the government they “won’t stand for” a move to a loans system that would end them up in around £50,000 debt, according to organisers.

Exhaustion at work means half of midwives fear they could make a potentially harmful mistake and almost 85% said their workload had increased in the past year, according to findings from an RCM survey. The union said the results – which also included more than half saying they had recently witnessed a mistake that could have harmed a patient – painted a bleak picture of the health and wellbeing of maternity staff.

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