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Readers panel: Should nursing staff be allowed water bottles in clinical settings? 

This will be a matter for discussion at RCN congress in May. It has been proposed by the RCN...

Readers panel: Should postgraduate nursing bursaries be treated as a special case and...

The Department of Health and Social Care has confirmed that bursaries for preregistration...

Readers panel: Should e-cigarettes be available on prescription for NHS patients? 

Public Health England has recommended that manufacturers license e-cigarettes as medical...

Readers panel: Are health professionals too reluctant to share patient data that could...

The chief executive of Papyrus, a charity dedicated to preventing suicide by young people,...

Readers panel: Should all patients be asked about their sexual orientation? 

NHS England guidelines recommend that health professionals ask all patients about their...

Readers panel: Are employers doing enough to reduce pressures on nurses and boost their...

Nursing is a stressful profession and nurses are used to showing resilience. But with staff...

Readers panel: Does the way we fund the NHS have to change to avoid bankrupting the...

A report from the Centre for Policy Studies – A Royal Commission on the NHS: The Remit –...

Readers panel: Are irresponsible patients to blame for the high number of missed NHS...

Figures from NHS Digital show that almost eight million hospital appointments were missed in...

Readers’ panel: Is the planned increase in volunteers in hospitals a good way to...

Non-profit community interest company HelpForce has pledged to increase the number of...

Readers panel: Should nursing associates pay the same as nurses and midwives to join...

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has said nursing associates will be subject to the same...

Readers panel: Should the rest of the UK follow Scotland’s lead on minimum pricing for...

Scotland has introduced minimum unit pricing for alcohol. The RCN welcomed the move, with...

Readers panel: Do we need a public debate about the limits of NHS care? 

At the NHS Providers annual conference in Birmingham earlier this month [Nov], NHS...

Readers panel: Are smartphone consultations a threat to traditional GP services?

A 24-hour service offering GP consultations via video link or smartphones has been launched...

Readers panel: Will seeking samples from patients who bite or spit at nurses make a bad...

Draft legislation designed to protect emergency workers from assault includes proposals to...

Readers’ panel: Should the UK stop recruiting nurses from developing countries?

Interim chief executive of the International Council of Nurses Thomas Kearns has urged...

Readers’ panel: Will tackling the ‘super-size snack culture’ in hospitals help combat...

To help reduce growing obesity levels and fight the 'super-size snack culture', NHS England...

Readers panel: Is scrapping the pay cap an empty gesture if future pay rises are linked...

When health secretary Jeremy Hunt announced that the 1% pay cap for NHS staff had been...

Readers panel: Why do so many employers take no action when concerns about staffing...

In a recent 30,000-strong survey from the RCN, 44% of respondents said no action was taken...

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