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Baby loss charities are urging the NHS to improve "inconsistent and under-resourced" bereavement care for parents whose babies die shortly after they are born.A report by stillbirth and neonatal death charities Sands and Bliss, for babies born premature and sick, said most services lack sufficient specialist staffing input and appropriate…
MPs have called for a shake-up of the nursing degree apprenticeships initiative after a low take-up.The Commons Education Committee said a more flexible system was needed to boost numbers.MPs expressed concern that just 30 people began training through the scheme in the 2017-2018 academic year.The report said there was "no…
The risk of dying in hospital increases when nurses are replaced with nursing assistants, according to a new study.The research authors from the University of Southampton suggest that policies encouraging the increased use of nursing assistants to compensate for shortages of registered nurses (RN) may be putting lives at risk.Professor…
Two fifths of health visitors fear that they are "so stretched" that avoidable tragedies involving children could occur, a new poll suggests.A new poll of 1,200 health visitors in England found that 43% were concerned tragedies could occur because a vulnerable child would not be identified until it was too…
Uber has announced that it will provide NHS staff in England who are working over the Christmas period with free transport this festive season.The ride sharing firm is offering two journeys costing up to £10 each, in a bid to help workers get to and from work amid limited public…
A group of community nurses working in specialisms across Scotland have been awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse.Among the 21 to receive the honour are nurses working with substance misuse, multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease patients.They were selected earlier this year to take part in a nine-month development programme…
A hospital trust at the centre of a maternity care scandal has been criticised by health inspectors in a new report.The Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated services at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) as "inadequate" in findings published on Thursday.The trust runs Shropshire's two main hospitals, Telford's Princess…
The number of student nursing and midwifery places will reach a record high in the next academic year in a bid to tackle staffing pressures in the NHS.Course spots available will rise to 4,006 in 2019/20, up more than 280 (7.6%) on the previous year and increasing for the seventh…
A book which chronicles the struggles of NHS staff and the politics surrounding the health service has been honoured at the National Book Awards.Comedian and former doctor Adam Kay (pictured) earned three awards at the ceremony, hosted by Zoe Ball, for his diaries titled This Is Going To Hurt, penned…
Patient care in the NHS is suffering due to vacancies in the health service, nurses have said as they called for significant investment in student funding.The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) called for at least £1 billion a year to be put into nursing education.A funding boost introduced as part…
The NHS faces a shortage of 350,000 staff by 2030, with experts warning that the workforce crisis is now a greater threat to services than its financial problems.Three leading health sector think tanks are calling on the Government and NHS England to take urgent action to tackle the growing workforce…
Families have raised questions over the deaths of 36 people at a trust at the centre of a maternity probe, it has emerged.Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust said it had been in contact with dozens of families who had queries about their maternity experience at the trust between 1973 and…
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