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Daily digest June 22 2015

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England becomes first country to offer meningitis jabs to all babies

England will become the first country in the world to protect babies against meningitis and septicaemia caused by the meningococcal B (MenB) bacteria from September, the Department of Health has confirmed.

The new MenB vaccination programme comes after a deal between the government and drugs giant GlaxoSmithKline in March.

Teenagers at risk from meningococcal W (MenW) will benefit from a new MenACWY vaccine available to all 17 to 18 year olds in England from August.

Read more on the Independent website

No 'safe' limit for drinking during pregnancy

Women should not drink any alcohol during pregnancy and bottles and cans should carry 'more explicit' warnings of the risks to the baby, according to the British Medical Association (BMA).

BMA president Professor Sir Albert Aynsley Green will say this week at the organisation’s annual conference that government guidelines for women on drinking during pregnancy are 'confusing, contradictory and inconsistent'.

He has called for them to be replaced by one simple recommendation: pregnant women should not drink alcohol. 'It has to be concluded that there is no "safe" limit for alcohol consumption during pregnancy,' he said.

Sir Albert also wants warnings on labels to state clearly that alcohol can damage the health of your unborn child.

(£) Read more on the Times website

Nurses will be deported under new visa rules

Almost 7,000 overseas nurses are likely to face being sent home by 2020, under the government’s migration cap, research suggests.

RCN chief executive Peter Carter said the rules – under which immigrants are sent home after six years if they do not earn enough – could increase NHS spending on overseas recruitment.

Dr Carter said short-staffed hospitals could find themselves hunting abroad for workers even more often, to replace those who were sent home. He added that the rules were 'illogical' and would cause waste and chaos, increasing spending on overseas nurses, who would need to be constantly replaced.

“The NHS has spent millions hiring nurses from overseas to provide safe staffing levels,' he said. 'These rules will mean that money has just been thrown down the drain.'

Read more on the Telegraph website

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