4 Biggest Nursing and Social Care Stories You Might Have Missed Last Week (13/06/2016)...
The majority of inpatients think NHS nurse staffing levels are adequate, unions are blaming Government cuts for rises in bed blocking numbers and sector experts believe Brexit would damage the public's health. Read on for more..
4. Department of Health Axing Nursing Advisory Unit
The Department of Health is proposing to axe its nursing, midwifery and allied health professions policy unit as part of a cost-cutting drive.
The move is part of the wider-ranging 'DH 2020' plan, in which the Department plans to axe 700 posts in order to reduce its running costs by 30% over the next five years.
Axing the policy unit has led to widespread concern across the profession, as it could potentially lead to less experienced nursing voices influencing policy at the highest levels of the department.
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3. Brexit Would Be Harmful to the Public's Health, Says Experts
Three fifths of Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) members believe membership of the EU has an overall positive effect on the public's health.
Of the 500 RSPH members asked, 61% felt EU membership benefited the public's health, with 25% saying remaining in Europe had a negative effect, and 15% saying it had no effect at all.
The poll follows an earlier report from the Faculty of Public Health, which found that 84.4% of its members supported Bremain, citing factors such as the flow of qualified workers into the NHS from the continent as the reason behind their opinion.
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2. Social Services Cuts Leading to Record Bed Blocker Numbers, Says Union
Rises in bed blocking are due to cuts to social service budgets, according to the General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trade Union (GMB).
Days lost to bed blocking in England has increased by 32% over four years, rising from 1,373,392 days in 2011-12 to 1,809,883 in 2015-16, with reasons for delays including finding a suitable care home, arranging care at a patient's home, arranging further NHS care and inter-agency delays.
The GMB are citing the Government's social service budget cuts as the main factor behind the increases, with Councils unable to accept patients from the NHS due to a lack of funding.
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1. Majority of Inpatients Think There Are Enough Nurses on Duty