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Plans to transform the NHS in England could lead to cuts in hospital beds and community services, leading nurses have warned. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said proper funding for the process was key to making sure the strategies "solve instead of exacerbate" problems in the health and care…
The Government has been urged to row back on "disastrous" plans to scrap bursaries for student nurses and midwives. Former shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said the decision to replace bursaries with student loans had resulted in a "worrying" 23% drop in applications from prospective nursing students. Ministers had previously…
An award-winning nurse who died after setting himself on fire outside Kensington Palace suffered a "mental breakdown" over how his NHS employers handled his dismissal, an inquest has heard. Amin Abdullah, 41, died on February 9 last year close to the London home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge…
Students are turning their backs on nursing degrees in the wake of a Government decision to axe NHS bursaries, official figures suggest. Almost 10,000 fewer would-be nurses in England have applied for courses linked to the profession - nearly a quarter less than at the same point last year. Nursing…
Nicola Sturgeon has announced an extra £3 million in support to help nursing and midwifery students with dependants. The funding will help "up to 1,000 of our most in need students" who have children or family that depend on them, the First Minister said. The Nursing and Midwifery bursary is…
Health boards have been forced to pay more than £1,500 for an agency nurse to cover a single hospital shift, new figures reveal. Details released under Freedom of Information showed that NHS Lanarkshire paid £1,565 to an agency for a single shift in 2015-16. Meanwhile, NHS Lothian said the largest…
Hospitals are running wards with a dangerously low number of nurses and are using healthcare workers as "stand-ins", an investigation suggests. Analysis of two years' worth of official data shows almost every acute hospital in England is failing to meet its own standard on how many nurses it should have…
The Government is being urged to set up an inquiry into the increasing number of violent assaults against health workers. Unison said incidents had jumped by a fifth in England over the past five years, describing the situation as "completely unacceptable". The union said latest figures showed the number of…
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