4 Biggest Nursing and Social Care Stories You Might Have Missed Last Week (18/07/2016)...
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has kept his position in Theresa May's new cabinet, and NHS fees for nursing homes have risen 40%. Read on for these stories and more...
4. MPs Submit Early Day Motion over Student Bursaries
A total of 12 MPs have signed an early day motion which highlights concerns over government plans to scrap burasries for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.
The EDM - submitted by Labour MP for Mansfield Sir Alan Meale - argues that the government's strategy of replacing bursaries with loans will not increase student numbers as they expect, but actually have the opposite effect.
The motion argues that because healthcare students are expected to work unpaid placements and have a longer academic year, they have little time to earn extra money and as a result, some students may be priced out of the profession.
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3. Jeremy Hunt Keeps Health Secretary Post in Cabinet Reshuffle
Jeremy Hunt has kept his cabinet post as Health Secretary during new Prime Minister Theresa May's reshuffle despite rumours he was going to be replaced.
The BBC reported last week that Hunt was set to be moved or axed from the cabinet altogether, but instead clings onto the post he was granted in June 2012 during the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition.
Hunt's tenure has been controversial, with healthcare staff taking industrial action after he ignored the NHS Pay Review body's recommendations for a 1% pay rise across the sector following years of pay restraints under Agenda for Change contract.
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2. Cost Review Leads to 40 Percent Rise in Nursing Fees
NHS fees for nursing homes will rise by 40% following a government-commissioned review into the rates received by registered nurses in these establishments.
The government-sanctioned boost will increase the standard NHS-funded nursing care (FNC) rate from £112 to £156.25 a week, based on recommendations from the audit firm Mazars.
Care home nursing staff welcomed the government's announcement, which could help resolve acute nursing shortages in the field = vacancy rates at nursing homes are currently at 8.4 percent.
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1. CQC: Healthcare Integration Inadequacies Leaving Older People at Risk