Big Election Pledge From Labour

PA | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Politics

Labour will train an additional 10,000 nurses for the NHS if it wins the general election, Ed Miliband has announced. The boost in training places, in...

NHS - Can We Fix It?

Sue Dewey | Posted 21.03.2015 | UK
Sue Dewey

This spectrum of care that vacillates between the brilliant and the dreadful cannot be allowed to continue, it is not cost effective for starters! I hope the powers that be are coming up with a plan that will allow the NHS to do what it does best - primary care, emergency care and the very specialised life-saving stuff.

Why the NHS and Its Doctors Need to Say No

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK
Dr Zoe Norris

I was asked this week why the NHS doesn't fund all the new technologies available for patients, particularly those with cancer. And when I instantly replied "Because we can't afford to", I surprised myself. Because no-one seems to say that when they talk about the NHS. And the NHS doesn't like to say no.

You May Have to Queue for Your Botox!

Sue Moxley | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sue Moxley

Health education england has been mandated by the department of health to work with regulators and royal colleges to review the qualifications required for people who administer non-surgical cosmetic procedures for example Botulinum toxin injections and Dermal Fillers.

Why I Love the Teenage Cancer Trust

Emily Clark | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Emily Clark

Thank you Teenage Cancer Trust. Even if I spent the rest my life saying thank you it wouldn't be enough, simply because without them I wouldn't be here to say it. From the bottom of my heart, from the top of my head to the tips of my toes, thank you, I love you and I will be forever grateful.

The Kashmir Healthcare Crisis - 'Patients Have Been Dying' Says Doctor

Rita Pal | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK
Rita Pal

With time racing forward to a severe winter of discontent, the doctors of Kashmir have requested international assistance from the World Health Organisation and the United Nations.

Frontline Workers Need to Be Respected, Not Beaten Up for Doing Their Job

Roger Evans | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Politics
Roger Evans

It's good news that crime is falling and our cities, towns and neighbourhoods are becoming safer. But there is much more to be done. It is alarming to see that the very people we depend on are being beaten up just for doing their job. They need to be treated with respect.

Glass Ceilings For Women and Glass Floors For Men

Nick Clements | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

I think the majority of us want to see positive action against the 'glass ceiling' for women in the corporate world. It's about time sensible people ran our big corporations. However, we have an equally divisive 'glass floor' for men, which is not recognised, and yet it is causing just as much damage.

Midwives in First-Ever Vote on Industrial Action

Cathy Warwick | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK
Cathy Warwick

Next month, NHS midwives across England will vote on taking industrial action against their employers. It is the first time in the RCM's 133-year history that we have asked our members to do this. It is not something we take lightly, but midwives and maternity support workers are at breaking point.

Entrepreneurs Need Mentors - Here's Why

Jan Flawn | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK
Jan Flawn

I first became passionate about mentoring when I worked as a nurse in the NHS. It opened my eyes to the possibilities of helping people develop their skills by sharing experiences and knowledge...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Will Obama Intervene?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday 18 June... 1) WILL OBAMA INTERVENE? From the Guardian: "Iraqi government forces fought off jiha...

When 'Lady With the Lamp' Doesn't Even Begin to Cover It: Celebrating International Nurses' Day

Sarah Kessler | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK
Sarah Kessler

"Glasgow nurses," The Times columnist Melanie Reid recalls being told, "have hearts like swinging bricks." A hard substitute for a heartbeat - but in ...

How Much Is The NHS Wasting On EMPTY Buildings?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

The National Health Service has been criticised after it admitted wasting £3.8 million on property taxes for the 122 empty buildings it owns, which i...

Before Attacking Foreign Workers Look at Your Christmas List

Will Black | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Politics
Will Black

Debates about globalisation examine impacts on all concerned - whether importers of labour, food and goods or those countries losing key workers, giving up their food or being turned into polluted assembly lines. Debates about the EU and migration which lack that level of empathy - and concentrate purely on what Britain is supposedly losing - simply miss the point.

Jeremy Hunt's Response to Francis Report Protects Perpetrators and Punishes Patients

Sam Fowles | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sam Fowles

I really miss the days when the worst we thought Jeremy Hunt could do to the NHS was privatise it. At least you knew what you were getting with privatisation. But what Mr Hunt is doing, incredibly, manages to be worse.

Why Are Nurses Turning To Payday Loans?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK

Nurses are increasingly relying on payday loans and borrowing from friends and family due to their falling take-home pay, it has emerged. A Nursin...

Belfast, Blantyre or Bihar: Nurse Power Could Save Millions of Newborn Lives

Professor Joy Lawn | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Professor Joy Lawn

Today in Northern Ireland, over 200 babies will be born, about 20 preterm, but only about three newborns die each week. In Belfast, newborns dying of infection recently precipitated a major media storm.

Nursing USA: How to Get From LPN to RN in Five Steps

John MacLachlan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
John MacLachlan

For many Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), training to become a Registered Nurse (RN) may seem like a long and daunting process. Indeed, for some LPNs, it could take over 5 years to get to where they want to be but that doesn't necessarily mean it's not worthwhile.

More Than 5,000 NHS Nurses Cut In Three Years

PA | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK

The NHS has lost more than 5,000 nurses in just three years, official figures show. Data for May this year reveals there were 348,311 qualified sta...

Nurses Owed Thousands in Overpaid Tax

Vikki Geary | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK
Vikki Geary

The nursing profession requires not just an enormous time and emotional commitment, but a financial commitment as well. In fact, every year thousands of pounds in overpaid tax goes unclaimed by nurses unaware of the financial support available to them.

The Value of Specifics and When Nursing Goes Viral

Graeme Keeton | Posted 12.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Graeme Keeton

Trusts around the country are beginning to see the advantages of engaging their staff with social media, and it's time for all of us to provide the support. How do we get more nurses online, collaborating safely and effectively? How do we get the most out of social media for patients?

How MPs Can Fix the Pay Rise Problem, Save Jobs and Secure Relection in One Easy Step

Mikey Smith | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Politics
Mikey Smith

Imagine the public uproar if you accepted a 10% increase a few weeks after a lot of you of you hear-heared in a 1% cap on public sector pay rises. Well fear not, public servants of Britain. I have come up with an innovative solution which will not only rescue you from this awkward quandary, it'll guarantee you re-election and it's essentially altruistic...

Doctors Pass Vote Of No Confidence In Jeremy Hunt

PA | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK Politics

Doctors leaders have passed a vote of no confidence in health secretary Jeremy Hunt. Representatives at the British Medical Association's (BMA) ann...

Carer's Week 2013: Stress Reduction for Those "Prepared to Care"

Tony Lobl | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Stress is not a new concept, but we live in an age which is constantly creating fresh varieties of angst to add to our mental in-tray. Caring doesn't sound like it should be one of those in-tray items. But when we become 'carers' and the demands are persistent, even relentless, then the challenges mount.

Quit Scaremongering Over My NHS

Graeme Keeton | Posted 08.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Graeme Keeton

We're all aware of the challenges faced by the NHS and its staff, and how savings have made life difficult for a lot of people working in Trusts across the UK, but what doesn't really help patients and their families - which is what the NHS is there to do - is flaming, berating, scaremongering and being straight-up inappropriate on places like Twitter.