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Looking forward to the Olympic legacy

It is unlikely to have passed anyone by that this month sees the start of the 2012 Olympic Games, which run from 27 July - 12 August, followed by the Paralympic Games from 29 August - 9 September.

We must regain our passion for healthcare

On two sunny days recently, in two different parts of the country, I attended two different conferences. Both were focused on the quality of care that people get in their own homes.

NHS must be environmentally sustainable

The NHS in England has a carbon footprint that exceeds emissions from all planes departing Heathrow airport, and produces enough sewage to fill Wembley stadium once every 16 days.

Without fanfare, the Bill receives assent

What would you say dominated last week's national news? The publication of the UK Riot Report? Or the promise of hosepipe bans, petrol shortages and price hikes in stamps and hot pies?

Listen to nurses, if not Stephen Fry

It is easy to jump on the bandwagon in opposing the Health and Social Care Bill. Rarely a day goes by when an influential body does not add its name to the list of those demanding that ministers kill off the troubled legislation.

Exercise your networking skills this year

Nursing has always been a small world. For all the vast number of nurses in the workforce, it is amazing how often the same names appear, the same faces are seen, and the same organisations feature in news, awards and journals.

Strike, but don't give up on commissioning

Last Wednesday, many nurses from across primary and secondary care opted to strike over the government's proposed pension changes, along with countless other public sector workers. Many other nurses chose not to exercise their right to strike.

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