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This is my last edition as editor of Independent Nurse and I would like to thank the many inspirational primary care and community nurses with whom I have worked.

Limit general practice access at your peril

Last week saw the emergence of a 'discussion brief' buried on the website of the Conservative Policy Forum, a group that contributes ideas for the next two years of the coalition and the 2015 manifesto.

Halt the blame game and find the solutions

'Make zero harm a reality in the NHS'. This is the instruction issued by prime minister David Cameron to Dr Don Berwick, the former health adviser to president Obama charged with leading a brand new National Patient Safety Advisory Group in England.

Improve staff morale for patients' sake

Last week, health secretary Jeremy Hunt launched the 'historic' NHS Mandate, setting out 'what every patient in England can expect from GPs, hospitals and the wider NHS'.

Investigate new ways to influence CCGs

Change is most effective in the NHS when it is initiated - and led - by health professionals, with input from patients; least effective when driven by politicians and the desire to make short-term cost savings.

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.

Help commissioners understand services

The government, currently driving the controversial Health and Social Care Bill through Parliament, says nurses can be on the boards of clinical commissioning boards (CCGs), which are replacing PCTs.

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