4 Biggest Nursing and Social Care Stories You Might Have Missed Last Week (20/06/2016)...
The RCN has launched a wide-ranging attack on the government's health sector policy and Scotland is set to introduce new staffing legislation for NHS nurses and midwives. Read on for these stories, and more...
4. RCN Slams Government Health Budget Cuts
The Royal College of Nursing has slammed the Government's healthcare strategy in a wide-ranging attack on cuts being made across the sector.
Speaking at the union's annual conference, RCN Chief Executive Janet Davies criticised plans to scrap bursaries in England, public health cuts, caps on agency staff pay and closing down the Department of Health's nursing policy unit.
During her keynote speech, Davies also said that training 4,000 more health visitors only to perform a u-turn and commit to £200 million-worth of cuts to local council public health grants in 2015-16 was tantamount to 'playing around with lives.'
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3. NHS Confederation Chair: Brexit a Threat To NHS Funding
NHS Confederation Chair Stephen Dorrell has warned that Great Britain leaving the European Union would 'further undermine' future NHS funding and make the health sector financially unsustainable.
Dorrell made the remarks at last week's NHS Confederation, arguing that with 65% of trusts already facing a deficit, the NHS cannot afford the economic uncertainty a Brexit could potentially unleash.
The comments were made as part of a public debate at the conference about the future and funding of the NHS, with Dorrell warning that the health and care sectors are under threat from upheaval caused by the referendum.
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2. Physiotherapists Named in Queen's Birthday Honours
Two high-ranking physiotherapists have received awards in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
University of Brighton professor Ann Moore was awarded a CBE in recognition of her 40 years spent researching and improving the evidence-base for physiotherapy, while Bhanu Ramaswamy, a visiting fellow at Sheffield Hallam, was awarded an OBE.
Another health sector name on the honours list was University of Southampton associate professor Alan Borthwick, who received an OBE for services to health, health research and helping secure independent proscribing rights for podiatrists and physiotherapists.
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1. Scotland to Introduce Nurse Staffing Legislation