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Practice nurses amongst the healthcare workers to receive a boost worth up to £3,000

General practice nurses are amongst the healthcare workers in England set to receive one-off payments of at least £1,600 in their April pay packets, according to the Department of Health and Social...

Half of England's nursing staff could quit, says RCN

‘Over a decade of below inflation pay offers have caused hardship and forced thousands to consider quitting altogether,’ said RCN General Secretary Pat Cullen

Mites, Ticks and Lice: evolution’s irritating survivors

Mark Greener looks at humanity’s long history with these common arthropod parasites

Government cracks down on synthetic opioids to tackle spiralling drug deaths

The UK Government has classed 15 synthetic opioids as Class A drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 to prevent increasing drug deaths

Plans to reform social care have ‘gone awry,’ warn MPs

A new report by the Public Accounts Committee found that ‘chronic underfunding and rising waiting lists’ have failed to fix the crisis in social care

AI receptionists to be rolled out by the NHS to reduced missed appointments

The NHS will roll out artificial intelligence (AI) receptionists under new plans to reduce the number of missed hospital appointments and waiting lists

Cancer deaths plummet in middle-aged patients, but challenges remain warns charity

Cancer Research UK found a sharp decrease in cancer deaths over a 25 year period, but warned that cancer cases are still on the rise overall

Prediabetes: understanding non-diabetic hyperglycaemia

David Morris looks at how prediabetic patients can be diagnosed and managed

Social care under intense pressure as reforms are ‘dodged or delayed’

A new report by the King’s Fund found that adult requests for social care have hit a record high of two million, but the vacancy rate is still at its second highest level in a decade

People with learning disabilities dying ‘too young and from preventable causes’

A new report found that people with a learning disability have higher levels of premature death compared with the rest of the population, because of disjointed care and poor communication

One in 12 NHS staff have faced harassment from the public

A new NHS England staff survey found that more than 58,000 NHS staff faced harassment from patients and other members of the public, increasing from 7.20% in 2019 to 8.48% in 2023

Public show strong support for nursing student loan forgiveness scheme

New polling from the RCN shows 76% of the public would support student loans being written off for nurses who work in the NHS or other public services.

New immunotherapy for women with advanced endometrial cancer

The NHS will roll out a new immunotherapy that could offer women with advanced endometrial cancer significant extra time before their disease progresses, compared with standard chemotherapy alone.

Last chance to register for PCN Live!

This is your last chance to register for FREE for Primary Care Nursing Live, returning to etc.venues 155 Bishopsgate on Friday, March 8th!

Martha’s Rule: giving patients a voice at last

There are three proposed components to Martha’s Rule. The Rule mandates that all staff in NHS trusts have 24/7 access to a rapid review from a critical care outreach team, which they can contact if...

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