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Candour in the NHS: Speaking the truth in love?

We would all want a good degree of honesty from anyone caring for us or treating us for a medical condition.  Trust is one of the essential components of a good nurse/patient or doctor/patient relationship. One of the issues Robert Francis exposed in his reports […]


Nurses caught up in immigration battle

The annual congress of the Royal College of Nursing opened on Sunday, and it began with a warning.  New UK government immigration rules, that requires that people gaining a work visa to the UK will need to be earning in excess of £35,000 after five […]


24/7 NHS – will it work?

The first major policy announcement from the re-elected Prime Minister on Monday was, perhaps rather surprisingly, about the NHS.  This may be because the whole topic of the future of the health service was kicked around a lot at the General Election and there are, no […]

NMC Code

Human dignity and the code

The best nursing care comes through creativity and innovation, adapting care to the needs of the individual patient, rather than cramming each person into a ‘cookie cutter care plan’.   But there is more than a hint of nanny-state micromanagement in new nursing guidelines that came […]


Freedom of conscience in the new Nursing and Midwifery Council Code of Conduct

A new year seems a good time to launch a new set of guidelines, and the NMC have chosen this January to launch their extensively re-written ‘Code of Standards of conduct, performance and ethics for good nursing and midwifery practice’ (usually just know as ‘The […]