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February 2020

Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board Boss to leave his job

The chief executive of Betsi Cadwaladr health board in North Wales will leave his job later this month. Gary Doherty will leave Betsi Cadwaladr health board to become director of integration at Lancashire Teaching.  In July 2018, Donna Ockenden published an in-depth review of governance of the Health Board.

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February 2020

Pregnant women must be respected by medics, says regulator

A letter to the editor from Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Executive of the NMC was published recently in the Sunday Telegraph.  The NMC responded to last week’s report that women were being denied pain relief during labour. Andrea stated that mothers-to-be must be empowered to make informed choices and these choices should be respected allowing for pain relief to be administered at any point during labour. 

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January 2020

NHS years behind with implementation of national safety alerts.

The HSJ reports that staff capacity and a lack of time has caused a huge delay in national patient safety alerts not being implemented years after the deadline set.

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January 2020

The pressures of nursing in the NHS as seen through the eyes of a student nurse.

A student nurse currently on a placement describes how strained the NHS is and the pressures the staff are under, the harsh reality is nursing isn’t what it used to be!

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January 2020

High cost of living forcing nurses to consider relocating out of London.

More than half of nurses living in London are being forced to leave the capital due to soaring living costs and increasing financial worries. A recent survey, carried out by RCN London, is now calling for an urgent review by London’s major, to include exploring rent controls across private the private rented sector and free travel for nursing staff.

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January 2020

Jeremy Hunt wins health role in select committee ballot.

Ex- Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt elected to head a committee of MPs that will scrutinise NHS performance and the Government health policy.  Mr Hunt was among 15 committee chairs elected in a secret ballot.  Standing against Boris Johnson for the Tory Leadership last summer, Hunt was the longest serving health secretary between 2010 and 2016.

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