Poll suggests PPE shortage is worse for BAME nurses
Nurses from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds are experiencing more problems accessing protective equipment than non BAME nurses, according to a new poll carried out by The Royal College of Nursing. NMC Chief Executive and Registrar, Andrea Sutcliffe said “The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed deep seated inequalities for ethnic minority nursing and midwifery professionals. Their experiences cannot be ignored.”
RCM Challenge NMC as they fail to appoint a midwife onto its governing Council
The RCM are to challenge the NMC and call for a change in the law as they failed to appoint a midwife to its governing Council. Gill Walton, Chief Executive of the RCM expressed her disappointment and said it “does not allow for the expertise of midwifery on the Council to keep midwives and the public safe.”
Midwifery students volunteer for care roles
1000 nursing and midwifery students from Napier University volunteer to join the NHS emergency response to Covid-19, taking up care roles in hospitals and homes across Scotland.
New nursing degree and apprenticeships to be offered
The dedication of our nations nurses has never been more evident than in the past few months and it was great to learn that the Nottingham Trent University will be offering new nursing degrees and degree apprenticeships reports the Nottingham Post, to “educate the next generation of nurses”.
Hopes of immigration health surcharge being scrapped are dashed
Priti Patel dashed hopes of cutting the immigrations health surcharge sparking anger across the board. The British Medical Association said the decision “beggars belief” with Labour calling it “unconscionable” and the Royal College of Nursing saying; “this charge must be stopped” reports The Independent.
Unions come together to draw up 9-point blueprint on returning to work
As the NHS sets out to resume normal services after lockdown 16 health Unions, including Unison, Unite, the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives draw up a 9-point blueprint outlining the measures and conditions that need to be met for NHS to “be opened up safely”, reports the Nursing Times.
Covid-19 costs reach £300 billion
As the costs to tackle Covid-19 reach £300 billion the Prime Minister rules out a return to austerity to cover the crisis, reports The Daily Telegraph. Boris Johnson also reportedly told MPs that there was, “no question” of cutting public sector workers pay.
Care Home deaths as a result of Covid-19 now hit two fifths of the total as the death toll hits 40,000 The Guardian reports.
As the country celebrates International Nurses Day England’s chief nursing officer, Ruth May, welcomes the support from the public but emphasises:
‘We are expert professionals who are doing our jobs and providing skilled, compassionate care, and nurses and midwives across England should be very proud of themselves right now.’ Reports the Nursing Standard.
James Buchan writes in the Nursing Standard about the current lack of NHS nurses and asks the question: where would the NHS be without its international nurses?