Dave West is the Nursing Times and HSJ senior correspondent. For Nursing Times Dave covers children's nursing, midwifery, practice nursing and nurse prescribing. Over at HSJ, Dave focuses on quality and GP commissioning and consortia.
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The Care Quality Commission is to bring its first ever prosecution of an NHS trust over an “alleged failure to provide safe care”.
The majority of savings made by the NHS so far on agency staff have come from nursing, according to regulators, who admit that more needs to be done to curb spending on locum doctors.
The NHS’s unpublished proposals for dealing with extreme funding pressure suggest it will employ thousands fewer nurses and other staff in the next few years, and treat tens of thousands fewer emergency patients in hospital.
Junior doctors' strike action called off by BMASubscription
Strike action by junior doctors, that was planned for the next three months, has been suspended by the British Medical Association over patient safety concerns, the union announced over the weekend.
Public health experts have called for investigation after statistics showed the biggest increase in the national death rate for several decades in 2015.
Pauline Philip, a former nurse and chief executive of Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, is joining NHS England on secondment as national urgent and emergency care director.
Emergency admissions reduced by around a third in a group of patients which was given volunteer support to combat dependency on health and care services, an evaluation has said.
A Labour government would not instigate a ‘top-down reorganisation’ of the NHS as there would be no ‘mandated… one size fits all model’ for achieving its plan for integrating health and social care, Ed Miliband has told Nursing Times’ sister title, HSJ.
A “new arm of the NHS” in the form of 5,000 “homecare workers” would be created by Labour were the party to win the general election.
Smaller GP practices have fared worse under the Care Quality Commission’s inspections so far because of the “splendid isolation” in which some are operating, the chief inspector of general practice has said.