As the aftermath of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union continued, it emerged EU nurses in the UK were starting to consider moving abroad due to worries about their immigration status and feeling unwelcome, while others warned fewer could come to the country in the future.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council also said the supply of EU nurses could be threatened following Brexit due to the lengthier checks applicants would probably now have to complete.
A new metric being used to assess staffing levels in hospitals in England is to be rolled out to other settings. The care hours per patient day measurement – which has previously been criticised for being a “blunt instrument” and for combining registered nurse and healthcare assistant numbers – will in the future be used in services including community and mental health.
Health visitors have been encouraged to take part in a review of whether it should continue to be a legal requirement for children to receive five health visitor checks before the age of two and a half. The government put the legislation in place when local councils took over commissioning 0-5 services in October 2015, but it will expire in March 2017 if no action is taken.
This is in the same week an investigation by Nursing Times’ sister title Health Service Journal found services aimed at children and young people are bearing the brunt of cuts to public health spending by local authorities.
- Health visitor early years checks laws under review
- Children’s services hardest hit by public health cuts
A Care Quality Commission investigation has found babies and children are at significant risk because of inconsistent practice and a lack of clear guidance on treatment. The investigation, set up after a baby born at Frimley Park Hospital in 2000 was left with permanent brain damage after hospital staff failed to monitor or treat her high blood pressure, has led to NICE agreeing to develop new guidelines on identifying and managing fetal anomalies.
Finally, the new shadow secretary Dianne Abbott has added her voice to the campaign to stop the government from scrapping student nurse bursaries, labelling the proposals “regressive” and claiming the policy will worsen staff shortages.