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More than one million health workers are to receive a pay rise worth 6.5% for most staff over the next three years, after the deal was accepted by those ranging from nurses to cleaners. Members of 13 unions representing hospital cleaners, nurses, security guards, physiotherapists, emergency call handlers, paramedics, midwives,…
The first result of a ballot among health workers on a three-year pay deal has shown massive rejection. Members of the GMB union voted against the proposed agreement, worth an average of 6.5%, by almost 9-1. The GMB, which represents tens of thousands of NHS staff, including ambulance workers, was…
A doctor who caused the decapitation of a baby after deciding on the wrong method of delivery has been cleared of misconduct by a medical tribunal. Dr Vaishnavy Vilvanathan Laxman proceeded with a regular delivery with a 30-year-old first-time mother who was 25 weeks pregnant at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee…
A baby was decapitated after a doctor decided on the wrong method to try and deliver him, a medical tribunal has found. Dr Vaishnavy Vilvanathan Laxman failed to perform an immediate emergency caesarean section and instead proceeded with a regular delivery, a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MTPS) panel said in…
Queen's University Belfast is trialling new psychometric tests as part of its admission process for nursing undergraduates. The University's School of Nursing and Midwifery has revised its current selection process and introduced a new values-based approach to its recruitment procedure to ensure an increased focus on personal attributes and values.…
The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care has today published its Lessons Learned Review into handling by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) of concerns about midwives’ fitness to practise at the Furness General Hospital (FGH). These concerns date back to 2004. This Review, commissioned by the Secretary…
Lives were "undoubtedly put at risk" when a health regulator ignored information supplied to it by the police about practising midwives, bereaved families have said. The comments come after a "damning" report was released about the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) handling of the cases of midwives involved in the…
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has voted to decriminalise cannabis for medical use. It will lobby governments across the UK after a resolution at its annual general meeting of members in Belfast was passed to help those suffering terrible pain to legally obtain relief. The UK Government's position is…
Leading nurses warn that the Spice epidemic sweeping British prisons is putting nursing staff at risk. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN), which is holding its annual congress in Belfast, said that nurses and healthcare assistants are often first on the scene when inmates need emergency care. The nursing union…
The boss of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has stepped down days before a review into the regulator's handling of the Morecambe Bay scandal is due to be published. Jackie Smith has announced her intention to stand down from her role as chief executive and registrar of the NMC.…
The closure of scores of public toilets across Britain has caused social isolation for some elderly and disabled people, leading nurses have warned. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has launched a campaign for local governments to provide accessible public facilities "catering for a broad range of needs". Cash-strapped councils…
NHS trusts in England spent more than £1.4 billion last year on temporary nursing staff due to shortages, a study has found. The bill was enough to pay the salaries of an estimated 66,000 newly qualified nurses, and more than fill the 38,000 existing vacancies in nursing jobs, a report…
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