Flu vaccine to be offered to all children The flu vaccination programme is to be extended to cover all children, the DH has announced. Extend diabetes risk assessments, says NICE Type 2 diabetes risk assessments should be given to all adults aged over 40, and those aged 25 and above of South Asian, Chinese, African-Caribbean or Black African descent, NICE has said. Queen's Nurse carries Olympic torch The Olympic torch arrived in London this week as it nears the end of its journey through the UK to the Olympic Park in Stratford. Podiatrists and physios to get independent prescriber status Advanced practitioner podiatrists and physiotherapists could become independent prescribers by 2014, under government proposals announced today (Tuesday, 24 July). RCN re-elects president and deputy The RCN has re-elected its president and deputy president, who will remain in post for a further two years. Commissioning Board must encourage nurse leadership Nurse leadership should be encouraged and supported 'at every level' within the NHS, according to the proposed mandate for the NHS Commissioning Board (NHSCB). NMC is found to be unfit to practise A CHRE report highlights failures in the NMC's leadership, strategy, decision-making and culture, writes Chris Parr Roll-out of therapy programme stalling An 'urgent rethink' of mental health care is needed to complete the national rollout of the Improved Access to Psychological Therapy programme, a report has found. Drug-resistant TB cases on the rise The number of drug-resistant cases of TB increased by 26 per cent between 2010 and 2011, according to the Health Protection Agency (HPA). GPs are 'a barrier' to dementia diagnosis People with dementia, and those that care for them, see GPs as barriers to receiving a diagnosis, a parliamentary report has found. Reform the QOF to help tackle obesity The QOF should reward GPs for how effectively they tackle obesity, the National Obesity Forum has said. Choice lacking in end-of-life care Fewer than a third of people who died in hospital were given a choice about where they died, according to England's first national survey of bereaved people. HPA declares itself 'Games ready' A rapid GI test to detect viruses, bacteria and diarrhoea within 24 hours are among the enhanced systems developed by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Game White Paper fails to address social care funding concerns Government proposals to reform the social care system in England fail to address funding concerns, and will not deliver a service that is fit for purpose, nurses' leaders have warned. Health visitor training numbers triple Three times as many health visitors began training in 2011/12 compared to the previous year, DH figures have revealed. Spending less time sitting down 'extends life' Reducing the amount of time spent sitting down to three hours a day could increase life expectancy by two years, according to new research. Gonorrhoea could become untreatable Drug-resistant strains of gonorrhoea are spreading across Europe, meaning the disease could become 'untreatable' in the near future, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. London surgeries to be 'Olympics-ready' General practices in London have been told to expect a 5 per cent rise in workload during the Olympics. DH targets nurses for health visiting roles The DH has spent more than ?297,000 on a publicity pack designed to lure nurses into health visiting. Nurses still lack influence in CCGs Clinical commissioning groups are proving slow to appoint nurse board members, writes Chris Parr Gonorrhoea could become untreatable Drug-resistant strains of gonorrhoea are spreading across Europe, meaning the disease could become 'untreatable' in the near future, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. London surgeries to be 'Olympics-ready' General practices in London have been told to expect a 5 per cent rise in workload during the Olympics. DH targets nurses for health visiting roles The DH has spent more than ?297,000 on a publicity pack designed to lure nurses into health visiting. Mandate core checks for diabetes care Ensuring diabetes patients receive the nine DH-recommended health checks each year should be mandatory, according to the chair of a government spending watchdog. Margaret Hodge, chair of the Public Accounts Committee, told a hearing into diabe Public satisfaction with NHS plummets Public satisfaction with the NHS fell from 70 per cent in 2010 to 58 per cent in 2011, according to data published by independent charity The King's Fund.