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Top news stories of the week

A round-up of the biggest news in nursing in the last week

First chief midwifery officer appointed

Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent has been appointed as England's first Chief Midwifery Officer

Smoking cessation: only half of local authorities offer best support

Just half of local authorities offer all smokers the best support to quit, due to government cuts to public health budgets, a report from Action on Smoking and Health and Cancer Research UK has found

Kidney disease: thousands at risk

Thousands of people in danger of developing kidney disease (CKD) remain unaware that they are at risk

British Journal of Nursing celebrates excellence in practice

The British Journal of Nursing (BJN) celebrated outstanding nursing care at its 21st awards ceremony

Fall in young women attending cervical screening in Wales

Over a third of women aged 25-29 years old in Wales do not attend cervical screening, research from Cervical Screening Wales has found

Benefits pressure is driving mental health care demand

Changes to the benefits system are increasing demand on mental health services, a report by NHS Providers has suggested

Guidance launched to help homeless pregnant women

New guidelines for midwives to support women who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless have been published by the Royal College of Midwives

Social media and vaccinations

In the era of fake news, social media risks allowing the return of measles, writes Alex Turnbull