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Kate Stanton-Davies and her mother

Exclusive: NHS England U-turn over national midwifery auditSubscription

NHS England has reversed a decision to keep secret a national audit of midwifery investigations promising it will now publish the details.


Exclusive: HEE budget freeze will have 'consequences' for NHSSubscription

Health Education England’s chief executive has warned that a freeze in its underlying budget will have knock-on “consequences” for the NHS, including limiting funding to trusts for training placements. 

George Osborne

Spending review: NHS England budget increase confirmed but other DH spending cutSubscription

George Osborne has confirmed NHS England’s budget will rise to £120bn by 2020-21, but said other Department of Health spending will be cut by 25 per cent.

Foreign passport

Non-EU nurse visa applications up 209 per cent in 12 monthsSubscription

Visa applications for nurses from outside the EU to work in the UK soared by more than 200 per cent in a year.


Exclusive: Agency staff survey raises fears cap will be 'train crash'Subscription

New caps on agency staff working in the NHS will fail to attract people back to the service and could lead to many shifts being left unfilled, a survey of more than 3,600 agency workers has found.

Agency nurse

Monitor reveals hourly rate caps for agency staff Subscription

Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority have published details this afternoon of the hourly rates that NHS trusts will be allowed to pay agency staff under caps to be introduced from Monday.

Group of clinical professionals talking

Exclusive: Fewer than one in 10 hospitals meet their own nurse staffing targetsSubscription

More than nine out of 10 acute hospitals in England are failing to meet their own targets for the numbers of nurses working on wards – a significant decline from earlier this year, analysis by HSJ reveals.

Kate Stanton-Davies

Exclusive: NHS England to carry out secret audit of midwifery investigationsSubscription

NHS England will not publish the results of a national audit into the quality of investigations into maternity incidents prompted by the death of a baby girl.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Two trusts slip back to old nurse staffing levels after leaving special measuresSubscription

Two acute trusts that were taken out of special measures after recruiting scores of nurses have slid back to their old staffing levels, HSJ analysis shows.

Court room

Clinicians guilty of manslaughter after Leicester child death Subscription

A doctor and a nurse have been convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence of a child at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

Stafford Hospital

Exclusive: Stafford child death investigation to consider case for new inquestSubscription

An independent review into the death of a three-year-old boy at Stafford Hospital will examine whether there should be a second inquest after its terms of reference were expanded, HSJ has learned.

Mental health illustration

Exclusive: Majority of A&E departments fail liaison psychiatry standardsSubscription

Almost three-quarters of England’s liaison psychiatry services in hospital emergency departments are rated substandard, HSJ has learned.

Professor Linda Aiken

Global safe staffing expert questions ‘crazy’ NHS nursing policySubscription

One of the world’s leading experts on nursing and safe staffing has questioned current NHS policies towards nurses and suggested some could even put patients at greater risk.

Linda Aiken

Global safe staffing expert questions ‘crazy’ NHS nursing policySubscription

One of the world’s leading experts on nursing and safe staffing has questioned current NHS policies towards nurses and suggested some could even put patients at greater risk.

Nurse student and mentor

Government U-turn on delayed nurse revalidation rolloutSubscription

The Department of Health has rowed back from plans to delay nurse revalidation in England, in light of the negative response from the profession’s leaders.

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Nurse revalidation faces two year delay following DH finance concernsSubscription

The full introduction of revalidation for nurses and midwives could be delayed in England for two years due to government fears about the current state of NHS finances.


Nursing directors worry that 'finance is king' as winter looms Subscription

Directors of nursing have warned of their increasing concerns for patient safety as winter approaches, claiming the ‘pendulum is swinging’ towards trusts’ workforce decisions being led by financial considerations due to the escalating NHS deficit.

Tim Briggs

Carter review: Top surgeon to tackle clinical and cost variationSubscription

The government’s newly appointed quality tsar will work with Lord Carter’s team to drive out ‘unwanted variation’ in clinical practice across the NHS, it has announced.

Stafford Hospital

Mid Staffs trust to face criminal charges over patient deathsSubscription

The former Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust is to face criminal charges in relation to the deaths of four patients.

Theresa May

Home secretary lifts controls on nurse immigrationSubscription

The home secretary has moved to immediately relax controversial immigration controls on nurses working in the UK, HSJ can reveal.


Exclusive: Trusts will struggle to achieve agency nurse spending capsSubscription

Several trusts will struggle to reduce spending on agency nurses in line with the targets set by regulators, HSJ has been told.