After seven years of wage austerity for nurses, the Government is to scrap the NHS pay cap.
A shortage of the hepatitis B vaccine has forced Public Health England (PHE) to limit usage to only those who are at the ‘highest immediate risk’.
The ‘biggest ever expansion’ of the NHS medical workforce will be brought on by an increase in the number of training positions, according to the government’s latest announcement.
A shortage in palliative children’s nurses is resulting in reduced care for families, finds children’s palliative care charity Together for Short Lives.
A third of nurses intend to retire in the next ten years, and with a lack of nurses being trained, the UK faces a huge shortage of nurses in the near future.
This was the conclusion of a report into the nursing workforce by the Institute of Employment Studies, which also found that safe staffing levels and increasing healthcare demands on NHS services have increased the demand for nurses. At the same time, NHS providers have faced greater financial difficulties making recruitment more challenging.
‘This was a preventable crisis, caused by years of cuts to student nurse commissions and a lack of long-term workforce planning,’ said Janet Davies, chief executive of the RCN.
Diane Abbott, the MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington has been named shadow health secretary, after Heidi Alexander resigned from the Labour frontbench.
New guidance for mental health nurses to address physical health needs.
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