Daily digest April 9 2015

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Agency nurse paid £2.2k for one shift

An NHS hospital has been criticised after a temporary nurse was paid £2,200 for a single 12-hour shift, the Sun has reported.

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust paid the rate – more than double a neurologist’s – to fill a gap in staff.

The sum emerged after a Freedom of Information request, which revealed the trust used 47 agency nurses in December last year.

The trust’s chief nurse, Sarah Bloomfield, said the trust used temporary and agency staff due to a staff shortage. ‘We want to recruit more nurses,’ she said.

(£) Read the full story on The Sun website.

UK is one of the fattest nations at risk from infectious disease

Britain has one of the worst obesity rates in the world, according to a global index published today.

It came 111th in an index of 133 countries on this measure because almost 25% of the population is obese, compared with 15.6% in France, 17.2% in Italy and 21.3% in Germany.

The Times reports the findings of the Social Progress Index, which shows that people in Britain are also more likely to die from infectious disease than in many other countries.

(£) Read the full story on The Times website.

Doctors revolt over plans to open GP practices seven days a week

GPs are rejecting the government’s calls for them to offer patients seven days a week, according to the Mail Online.

Almost all family doctors polled in a new survey said they do not think their own practice should open on weekends.

And nearly two thirds are not even willing to consider forming groups with other surgeries to ensure that at least one in the area is open to patients on Saturdays and Sundays.

Read more on the Mail Online website.

Painting can help fight early dementia signs

Taking up painting, drawing and sculpting in old age lowers the risk of developing the first signs of dementia by 73%, a study has found.

The Telegraph reports that art, which stimulates the mind and develops motor skills, seems to have a more protective effect than socialising, joining book clubs or using a computer.

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, followed 256 people over the age of 85 for four years.

Read the story on the Telegraph website.


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