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Dying for drink-young women at risk

Researchers of a report published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health in July looked at the patterns of alcohol-related mortality in three cities - Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester....

An insight into the nursing profession

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.

Support placements in general practice

An informative debate about nurse education took place at last month's RCN Congress, in Liverpool. No, I don't mean the mud-slinging between the RCN and ministers over 'really stupid' plans to 'force' student nurses to work as healthcare assistants for a

Taking real action on nursing education

It was a privilege to be asked to provide evidence to the Willis Commission. There are three key things which need action following the report Quality with Compassion: the future of nursing education. These are: a sustainable funding model; a career pathw

Let us build on our immunisation success

This month marks 20 years since, as health secretary, I signed off the introduction of a vaccination programme in the UK against invasive Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib). The anniversary allows us to reflect on the success of childhood immunisation pro

Older patients miss out on cancer care

Half of people newly diagnosed with cancer in the UK are over 70, so it is likely that community and practice nurses will come into contact with an older person living with the disease.

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.

Campaigning to nip tokenism in the bud

Campaigns are like buses, and in this edition of Independent Nurse, we are highlighting three of them. In addition to Labour's Drop the Bill campaign, outlined in our exclusive interview with shadow health secretary Andy Burnham, there is an update on the

Find out about your indemnity situation

The RCN's decision to remove personal indemnity for practice nurses from its member benefits, (covered in this issue's news focus) is no doubt based on sound financial reasoning.

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