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Treasury says some workers could be denied 1pc pay rise

Unions reacted with anger today after the Treasury warned there should be ‘no expectation’ that every worker will receive a pay rise in line with the 1 per cent ceiling George Osborne set for public sector pay.  

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Thousands of mental health patients still detained in police cells

Almost 4,000 people detained under the Mental Health Act are still being forced to stay in police cells rather than a hospital, despite a 54 per cent fall over the last three years.

Royal College of Nursing

Nurses could 'walk away' from NHS over pay restraint

Nurses could ‘walk away’ from the NHS in the face of four more years of pay restraint, the new chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing has told HSJ.


National officials tell hospitals seven day service priorities

Hospitals have been told by national officials to focus on improving access to medical consultants and diagnostic services as part of efforts to improve care for NHS patients at weekends.


Trusts will be allowed to breach agency spending cap

NHS trusts will be allowed to breach a proposed cap on agency spending if they need to ensure wards are safely staffed, Monitor has said.

Foreign passport

Exclusive: NHS Employers lobbies Home Office over immigration rules

Nurses recruited from outside the EU are having their visa applications to work in the NHS rejected and new immigration rules are prompting some NHS nurses to resign, HSJ has been told.

Jane Cummings

NHS England to create safe staffing 'oversight' group

An advisory group including senior figures from across the health service is being created by NHS England to oversee future work on safe staffing guidance.

President Michael Higgins meeting Irish nurses in London

Ireland looks to tempt 500 nurses back home

Irish nurses and midwives working in the English NHS are being tempted to return home in a new campaign by the Irish Health Service Executive.

Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth Hospitals Trust

New study into impact of staffing levels on patient care

UK researchers are to begin a new study investigating how the provision of nurses in hospitals affects the care and safety of patients.

NICE makes U-turn over publishing safe staffing guidance

Plans to publish safe nurse staffing guidance for emergency departments have been abandoned in a U-turn by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

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Exclusive: Hospitals fail to hit staffing targets despite recruitment drive

The ability of NHS acute trusts to employ sufficient numbers of nurses on hospital wards has worsened this year compared with 2014 despite record levels of recruitment, HSJ can reveal.

Patent in hospital bed being seen by nurse

Interactive: How your trust is performing on staffing levels

HSJ’s analysis of the proportion of nursing shifts filled according to acute hospitals’ own staffing plans, as reported in the ‘safe staffing’ data collected by NHS England.

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Rise in hospitals using ‘risky’ 12 hour shifts for nurses

There has been an increase in the use of 12 hour nursing shifts that potentially put care quality at risk, according a review commissioned by England’s chief nursing officer.


HEE review: Primary care should be favoured for running community nursing

A series of recommendations have been set out by a major review of primary care workforce commissioned by Health Education England.

Jeremy Hunt 2014

Hunt intervention: NICE will review new body's safe staffing guidance

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt today intervened in the debate over safe staffing levels in the NHS, announcing future guidelines will be independently reviewed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Safe staffing guidance

Exclusive: Providers expected to use unofficial NICE staffing guidance

NHS providers may have to increase the number of nurses in emergency departments after regulators and the Department of Health suggested trusts need to consider new safe staffing evidence from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Blurred hospital corridor with three figures in it

Exclusive: NICE to publish A&E staffing guidance not wanted by NHS England

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence will publish recommended nurse staffing levels for accident and emergency departments despite being asked by NHS England to drop the work, HSJ can reveal.

George Osborne

Budget: Four more years of public sector pay restraint

Chancellor George Osborne has announced four further years of public sector pay restraint, in a surprise move as part of today’s summer Budget.

Mark Baker

NICE director: NHS England 'didn't like answer' on safe staffing

A senior figure at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has suggested NHS England scrapped its work on safe staffing guidance because it ‘didn’t like the answer to the question’.

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