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Freedom of speech: new guidance for nurses on expressing opinions

The NMC has clarified when publicly aired opinions could compromise fitness to practise

Lucy Letby struck off NMC register in formal move following murder convictions

Serial child killer did not contest fitness to practise process, but maintains her innocence

Nurses forced to pay for criminal record checks when moving jobs or seeking promotion

Lottery sees some employers making nurses pay for legal checks themselves, union says

Expectation for nurses to be resilient and stoic can be toxic

Burnout and stress should not be considered a sign of weakness, report states

Support staff doing tasks of nurses puts care at risk – report

RCN Wales says support workers should never be pressured to work beyond their competencies

‘Compassionate nursing leadership creates high-quality care’

NMC campaign asks nurses what qualities they expect from nurse leaders

NHS ‘cover-up culture’ under spotlight as review launched into duty of candour

Investigation comes amid concerns about lack of openness and transparency

Nurse retention drive extends to more NHS trusts after 11% fall in leavers

Scheme includes clinical ‘support squads’ to aid staff with menopausal symptoms

Nursing student recruitment: ‘we’re going in the wrong direction’

Data show student numbers fell by 10.6% in 2023 sparking criticism of NHS workforce plan

NHS ‘squander billions on agency staff’ instead of nurse training

RCN analysis finds NHS spent more than £3 billion over three years

Your right to strike: condemnation for law limiting nurses’ scope for industrial action

Act could be legal breach, say unions and other groups monitoring post-Brexit rule changes

‘Cruel’ curbs on migrant care workers seen as disaster for NHS and social care

Ban on family members will discourage migrants, adding to workforce shortages, say critics

You can’t blame nurses’ strikes for record NHS waiting lists, minister told

Health and social care secretary said industrial action is one cause of backlogs

Avoidable deaths prompt calls for improved learning disability nursing provision in NHS

Report also cites lack of understanding of patients’ requirements in acute hospitals

Hospital intruder who posed as an agency nurse gave patient care and stole documentation

Security breach is a lesson for all healthcare organisations, said privacy watchdog

Chronic shortage of sickle cell nurses putting patients at risk

Dame Elizabeth Anionwu calls for action to increase nurse numbers in specialty

New anti-strike code of practice approved by MPs, despite human rights concerns

Government anti-strike measures called ‘a brazen attack on the right to strike’

UK-trained nurse numbers hits record high but red-list recruitment remains a concern

NMC records a rise of almost 20,000 registrants in six months