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Changes to the way assaults on NHS staff are recorded have been criticised by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). The RCN expressed concern that the Government intends to rely on an annual survey that health service workers complete on an optional basis for information, rather than replace the collection…
Many cancer patients are "left to struggle" following the end of their treatment, a charity has said. Physical problems which can arise as a result of some cancer treatments such as incontinence, difficulty eating or breathlessness as well as mental health issues can mar people's recoveries, according to a new…
Foreign nurses applying to work in the UK will be able to demonstrate their ability to speak English using an additional test, the nursing regulator has announced. The move may boost the number of nurses who come to work in Britain. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) said it will…
A quarter of new HIV cases in England could be prevented by giving high-risk men prophylactic treatment, a study has shown. The controversial programme could save the NHS millions as a result of fewer men getting infected and needing a lifelong supply of drugs to stop them succumbing to Aids,…
Super-sized chocolate bars will be banned in hospital shops and canteens as part of the latest drive against obesity, the head of NHS England has announced. Simon Stevens said there was a need to fight the "super-size snack culture" as he set a 250-calorie limit on sweets and chocolate sold…
England's chief medical officer has warned of a "post-antibiotic apocalypse" as she issued a call to action urging global leaders to address the growing threat of antibiotic resistance. Professor Dame Sally Davies said that if antibiotics lose their effectiveness it will spell "the end of modern medicine". Without the drugs…
A disabled man who complained a High Court judge acted unlawfully when giving medics permission to take him from home to hospital and authorising the use of force has lost a legal fight. Aamir Mazhar, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, said an order made by Mr Justice Mostyn, who is…
There has been a "worrying" fall in the number of nurses working in the NHS, new analysis from an influential think tank has found. The King's Fund said there were fewer nurses working in the NHS in England in April this year compared with the previous April, the first year-on-year…
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