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November 2013

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Cancer breakthrough, more nurses leaving and the private health provider who asked NHS for staff


Scientists uncovered signs of the immune system’s “alarm system” response for returning cancer – with the hope of making treatment quicker and ultimately saving lives.
Immune system has ‘early warning alarm’ for returning cancer


A midwife who reportedly left a four day old baby face-down in a stationary cupboard at Queen’s Hospital in Romford, was given a three year caution order by the NMC.
Midwife who put baby in cupboard cautioned by NMC


A private company that had won a three-year contract to deliver community services for the NHS in Suffolk resorted to asking its health service neighbours whether it could borrow nurses on secondment to help fill staffing vacancies.
Serco turns to NHS to help fill vacancies


Another Nursing Times exclusive had many of you talking. We uncovered data showing an increasing number of nurses were allowing their registrations to lapse each year, potentially fuelling a growing national shortage of nurses. Many nurses commented on this story and suggested reasons why this might be happening.
Exclusive: Increase in nurses ‘quitting’ register


Three of the most senior nurses in the NHS warned against introducing minimum staffing levels, in a letter published in The Times ahead of the government’s official response to the Francis report. The letter was penned by Eileen Sills from Guys and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust, Katherine Fenton from University College London Hospitals and Flo Panel Coates from Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust.
Nurse leaders divided over minimum staffing levels


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