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Practice nursing – saving the Cinderella service

it is very odd that one group who have played a key role in rolling out one of our main defence against COVID-19 – the vaccine programme – should feel largely invisible.They are nurses like me who work in general practice.

A century of self-awareness

Dr Aaron T Beck, of Pennsylvania in the USA, passed away at the beginning of this month at the impressive age of 100. He may well be the greatest medical pioneer you have never heard of

Time to Take Action on Sugar During Sugar Awareness Week

Excess sugar intake is linked to tooth decay and increases the risk of weight gain which can mean a higher likelihood of living with overweight, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. We, as a population from young children to older people, are exceeding our daily maximum sugar intakes by double or even three times what we should be eating.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss?

The clinch that brought down Matt Hancock was the sort of awkward fumble more often seen in the school disco than in the old News of the World, and yet to the public it was infinitely more obscene. Mr Hancock was making rules that the public followed stoically, but he clearly didn’t believe that they applied to him

Black health matters

?In the tumultuous story of the last year or so – which will be much more fun for people to study in the future than it is to live through now – the question of race and racial inequality has loomed almost as large as the pandemic

The Nurse and Diabetes Care

For World Diabetes Day, Professor Andrew Boulton of the International Diabetes Federation explains the importance of nurses in managing the condition

The sick man of western democracy

?If they were your patients, you’d probably be advising them to stay home right now, but in the US two men in their Seventies are vying to become President

No magic bullet for COVID-19

I’ve always liked to think of myself as an early adopter of new trends. While this hasn’t always played out in real life, in mid-March I had a dose of COVID-19

Who can care for carers during the pandemic

The QNI has creating the ‘TalkToUs’ listening service, enabling any nurse working in health or social care in the community to access emotional support and signposting to other services such as counselling

How to help nurses... and the economy

So here is a modest proposal from the back of an envelope at IN: a £2000 one-off bonus for every NHS worker. It would be politically popular, boost morale, and be relatively simple to administer. Also, given that it would go largely to low-paid workers, the money would be spent and help jump start the economy

BAME health matters – a lesson from COVID

There is a trend of drawing premature conclusions from COVID data, but the figures on BAME deaths are unambiguous. Analysis from the ONS has shown that patients from BAME groups are twice as likely to die from the virus as white ones.

Failing the coronavirus test

Public goodwill, and sympathy after his own brush with COVID, is giving way to a disquiet that the Prime Minister is not really engaged with a national emergency

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