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Mandate core checks for diabetes care

Ensuring diabetes patients receive the nine DH-recommended health checks each year should be mandatory, according to the chair of a government spending watchdog. Margaret Hodge, chair of the Public Accounts Committee, told a hearing into diabe

Public satisfaction with NHS plummets

Public satisfaction with the NHS fell from 70 per cent in 2010 to 58 per cent in 2011, according to data published by independent charity The King's Fund.

Flu vaccinations for school-age children

Immunising all school-age children against flu would be a cost-effective policy, but there are not enough school nurses to implement it, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has said.

Mandatory registration is needed for HCAs

Voluntary registration of healthcare assistants (HCAs) is a step in the right direction, but should be replaced by a system of compulsory regulation in the long term, an influential group of MPs has said.

'Pay cartel' may reduce nurses' pay

The boards of 16 NHS trusts in south west England are planning to move away from AfC and introduce regional negotiation on pay, terms and conditions.

Sharp rise in new cases of gonorrhoea

The number of new diagnoses of gonorrhoea in England increased by 25 per cent last year, according to figures from the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

A brand new strategy, a new lease of life

I recently talked to a group of health visitors, who described how, until recently, their practice had felt like social work. Because they were nurses, and did not want to leave families unsupported, they had felt obliged to work beyond their role in heal

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