NHS Direct nurses protest against 111 Nurses working for NHS Direct in the south west of England have staged a 'work in' protest against government plans to roll out the NHS 111 non-emergency hotline, which is expected to employ fewer nurses. Unannounced CQC visits for home care The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has begun a 'special programme' of 250 unannounced inspections of home care agency services. Exclusive: Community nursing strategy will not set workforce targets A government strategy for community nursing is unlikely to include a target for increasing the number of district nurses, despite RCN warnings that the discipline is in danger of dying out, the minister for public health has said. Practices must check nurses' NMC registration General practice partners across the UK are being reminded of their responsibility to ensure the nurses they employ are registered with the NMC. Health secretary: you cannot do commissioning without nurses Health secretary Andrew Lansley has pledged to 'take every opportunity' to encourage clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to help nurses achieve real influence in commissioning. Wales facing measles outbreak Parents across North Wales are being urged to ensure that their children are up to date with both doses of the MMR vaccination following an increase in the number of measles cases across Gwynedd. No further strikes on pensions - Unison The Unison union says it has no mandate to take further industrial action over pension plans after around half of members participating in a ballot voted to accept government proposals. Leading supermarkets encourage unhealthy eating Asda, Morrisons and Iceland display junk food on four out of five checkouts, making them the 'worst offenders' for undermining parents' efforts to feed their children healthily, according to the Children's Food Campaign. Malaria cases among South Asia travellers up 22% Malaria cases among travellers returning from the Indian-subcontinent increased by 22 per cent last year, despite an overall decrease in total Malaria cases. Locally-negotiated pay for nurses Nationally-agreed NHS pay scales may be replaced with a new system of local negotiation. Localising pay spells the end for NHS - Burnham Paying nurses different salaries depending on where in the country they work would punish the poorest areas and entrench regional inequality, the Labour Party has said. Plant sterols lower cholesterol levels Plant sterols are effective in lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels as part of positive diet and lifestyle changes, research has shown. Leadership academy supports CCG nurses A national research centre has been launched to help equip nurses to become more effective leaders. Pause the roll-out of NHS 111, urge unions Nursing leaders are calling for a pause in the roll-out of the NHS 111, warning that a lack of qualified nurses working on the telephone helpline will undermine patient care. Clear inequalities in health visitor access Children who live in Scotland's most deprived areas are less likely to be seen by a health visitor than those in privileged areas, according to research. Practice boundary pilots get underway Pilots to abolish general practice boundaries in three parts of England begin at the end of April. South Wales practice nurses win award for reducing COPD hospital admissions A team of 55 practice nurses has scooped the top prize at a national nursing awards ceremony for a project that has slashed the rate of COPD emergency hospital admissions in South Wales. EXCLUSIVE: Majority of nurses willing to work with CCGs Around 60 per cent of primary care and community nurses are willing to work with their local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to implement the government's health reforms, despite many initially opposing the changes. NMC slammed as 'confused' and 'dysfunctional' in interim review The NMC is confused about its primary purpose, distracted by its ambitions for expansion, and lacks a long-term financial strategy, the body charged with reviewing the nursing regulator has said. Record stroke and kidney failure rates Rates of stroke and kidney failure in people with diabetes have reached record levels in England, according to an analysis by Diabetes UK. Retailers sign up to reduce calories Food and drink retailers including Asda, Coca-Cola and Tesco have signed up to a government scheme designed to tackle England's obesity epidemic. Serco awarded ?140 million community health contract Private company Serco is to be awarded a ?140 million contract to provide community health services to 600,000 patients in Suffolk. Mixed results for integration pilots Emergency hospital admissions increased and patients were less likely to see their preferred nurse in areas covered by the DoH's integrated care pilots, a report has found. Cut HEIs to save lives and cut NHS costs NICE is calling on nurses to have a 'no tolerance attitude' to healthcare-associated infections (HEIs) in a bid to save lives and save money. Chancellor signals end to national NHS pay NHS pay could be negotiated on a regional basis, putting an end to the AfC framework, under proposals announced last week by chancellor George Osborne.