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NMC backlog may take more than two years to clear

The backlog of disciplinary cases for nurses and midwives will take more than two years to clear, the NMC's chief executive Jackie Smith has admitted. Giving oral evidence to the Health Select Committee last week Ms Smith, who took up her role

Health Act costs spiral as patient services are rationed

The 'spiralling' costs of the Health and Social Care Act, will undermine patient care while creating significant upheaval, the RCN has warned. Ministers estimate implementing the Act will cost ?1.6 billion - ?300 million more than originally p

NMC offered ?20 million grant from the government

The NMC has been offered a ??20 million grant from the government in a bid to improve nursing and midwifery regulation, but has yet to decide whether to accept the funding. The announcement has been welcomed by health union Unison, which says

NHS challenged to be paperless by 2015

The NHS should be paperless by 2015 according to Tim Kelsey, national director for patients and informatior at the NHS Commissioning Board Authority. Speaking at the Healthcare Efficiency Through Technology Expo in London, Mr Kelsey described

HRT may reduce CV risk if started early

Women taking HRT for 10 years after menopause have a 'significantly reduced' risk of mortality, heart failure and heart attack without increased risk of cancer, DVT or stroke, a study by the BMJ suggests.

Trial of dementia standard in 2013

Pilot standards on the care of people with dementia and the wellbeing of looked-after children will be published by NICE in April 2013, as part of its expansion to develop quality standards for social care in England.

Deprivation affects cancer survival

Women in deprived areas of England have a higher chance of developing and dying from cervical cancer than those in higher-income regions, the Trent Cancer Registry has revealed.

Poor care for young people with diabetes

Treatment of young people with diabetes in England and Wales is among the poorest in Europe, an audit by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has found.

DH urges frontline staff to have flu vaccination

NHS organisations throughout England are set to receive support from NHS Employers' flu fighter campaign, which aims to increase the number of frontline staff receiving flu vaccinations - protecting staff, their families and patients.

DH poised to fund personal budgets

A total of ?1.5 million has been pledged by ministers to support a potential roll-out of personal health budgets, which are designed to help individuals choose the most appropriate care for themselves.

PCTs fail to provide specialist ME care

More than a third of PCTs in England fail to commission specialist services for ME or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) patients, or cannot confirm that they do, according to charity Action for ME. It adds its research shows provision in Scotland, Wales and

Thrombolysis for stroke patients

National clinical stroke guidelines issued by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) recommends all patients, regardless of age or severity of stroke, should be considered for thrombolysis.

Pertussis jab for pregnant women

Pregnant women will be offered whooping cough (pertussis) vaccinations to protect their babies, following a rise in deaths among infants, Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies has confirmed.

Social care funding shortfall hits health

Delayed transfers of care between health and social services cost the NHS ?545,000 a day, equating to approximately ?200 million a year, the NHS Confederation has warned.


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