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Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 supplements offer little benefit for older people

Vitamin B12 supplements offer no benefits for neurological or cognitive function in older people with a moderate vitamin B12 deficiency, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition


Guide to managing official visits published following Jimmy Savile inquiry

NHS Employers issues guidance on official visits following public inquiry into patient abuse by Jimmy Savile


Chief nurse Jane Cummings urges critics to 'calm down' over safe staffing

England's chief nursing officer Jane Cummings moves to counter criticism of decision to end NICE programme on safe nurse staffing guidelines


RCN concern over move to suspend work on safe staffing guidance

RCN general secretary Peter Carter says safe staffing levels must be based on evidence, as NICE announces it is halting work on developing guidance

Welsh Assmebly

Welsh assembly says yes to draft bill on safe nursing levels

Members of the Welsh assembly have backed draft legislation that will mean hospitals have a statutory duty to make sure they have enough nurses to provide safe care


RCN urges Welsh assembly to vote for safe staffing bill later today

RCN Wales director Tina Donnelly calls on assembly members to enshrine safe staffing levels in law ahead of a vote on the issue in the Welsh assembly later today

Daily digest

Daily digest June 3 2015

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Oral health guide launched for nurses working with homeless people

The Queen's Nursing Institute publishes guidance to help community nurses support people who are homeless


MS Trust launches awards to recognise excellence in nursing

Charity the MS Trust has launched new awards to recognise outstanding health professionals


RCN names its next general secretary

Janet Davies will take over as RCN chief executive and general secretary


Charity launches COPD self-management pack

The British Lung Foundation has published a pack designed to help patients manage their chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Chest infection

Smoking ban has cut chest infections in children

A study by the University of Edinburgh has found that since the smoking ban was introduced 11,000 fewer children are admitted to hospital with chest infections


Edith Cavell honoured with release of special £5 coin

The Royal Mint has produced a special coin to honour Ms Cavell


NMC 'deeply disappointed' that fitness to practise changes are left out of Queen's Speech

Nurse regulator had hoped for a change in the law on how fitness to practise hearings are held


Peter Carter takes on the Daily Mail over its coverage of Victorino Chua

RCN general secretary Peter Carter complains to the Daily Mail after college members express concern at the reporting of the Victorino Chua case


Call to protect nurses from Ebola

The International Council of Nurses has repeated its plea to increase the protection of nurses working in Ebola zones


Guidance published on assessing patients with dementia for NHS continuing healthcare

The Alzheimer's Society has issued guidance for healthcare professionals on how to evaluate the nursing and emotional needs of people with dementia