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Employers in Scotland struggle to reduce NHS nurse vacancies

Sharp rise in long-term vacancies as overall level of unfilled nursing posts remains static

NHS pay deal: RCN ballot closes soon

Concern in RCN about ballot's low response rate

Deadline nears on vote for NHS pay offer

RCN members in England are voting on the pay offer

Hospital workers call off parking-charges protest at the 11th hour

Hospital staff in King's Lynn will now vote on board's revised offer for car park

New Zealand nurses vote to strike over pay

Union claims NZ government's latest offer is 'entirely misleading'

NHS overspend on staffing nudges £1.5 billion

Increased demand, sickness absence and high vacancy rates put pressure on staffing budgets

EXCLUSIVE: ‘You can't comply with safe staffing law on some wards by robbing...

Nurse managers are struggling to fill staffing gaps and protect skill mix

Suicide awareness: RCN mental health lead calls for clear guidance for nurses

Nurses ‘often feel ill-equipped to step in’ when someone is experiencing suicidal thoughts

Hospital parking charges: Norfolk trust staff to protest against ‘swingeing hikes’

Health union warns it could ballot members on industrial action

‘Big Ideas’ awards offer bursaries for innovation in care

Awards of up to £3,000 open to healthcare professionals working on projects that benefit

Pay more tax or expect less from the NHS

Public will accept tax rises for NHS if their money is not wasted, says Jeremy Hunt 

Scotland publishes new safe staffing bill

No minimum staffing ratio, but care providers must use workload and workforce planning tools

Flu jab: nurses lag behind doctors in uptake of seasonal vaccine

Healthcare workers at elevated risk of contracting flu

Chief nurse Jane Cummings to step down

England’s chief nurse Jane Cummings to step down after more than six years

Nursing and Midwifery Council publishes new proficiency standards

NMC describes standards, to be implemented by 2020, as ‘ambitious’ despite some criticism

Outrage at plan to sell NHS building that offers London nurses affordable housing

Queen Mary's House in upmarket Hampstead, London, currently houses 52 mainly NHS staff

NHS pay – government needs to go further, says Manchester mayor Andy Burnham

Greater Manchester NHS is an example for the rest of the country, says ex-Labour health

Social care needs NHS-style funding model, urges RCN activist

Let’s look back to start of NHS and do the same for social care, nurse tell congress

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