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Super-sized chocolate bars will be banned in hospital shops and canteens as part of the latest drive against obesity, the head of NHS England has announced. Simon Stevens said there was a need to fight the "super-size snack culture" as he set a 250-calorie limit on sweets and chocolate sold…
There has been a "worrying" fall in the number of nurses working in the NHS, new analysis from an influential think tank has found. The King's Fund said there were fewer nurses working in the NHS in England in April this year compared with the previous April, the first year-on-year…
Jeremy Hunt has told MPs the NHS pay cap has been scrapped, but was unable to rule out cutting health services to fund rises above 1%. The Health Secretary said it was recognised the cap "wasn't sustainable" for the future, adding he was hoping for a "win-win" result after confirming…
The NHS is straining at the seams as it juggles problems with staffing shortages, rising demand and increasing numbers of patients with preventable illnesses, health and care inspectors have said. A new Care Quality Commission (CQC) report warns that health and care services are at full stretch and that the…
Reduced funding to mental health services across the UK is leaving staff vulnerable to violence and aggression from patients, and means they cannot provide the level of care needed, says UNISON. The report, Struggling to Cope, paints a bleak picture of the country’s mental health services – for both staff…
One in four workers would have to be in hospital before they took a day off sick, revealing a "worrying" attitude to taking time off, a new study reveals. A survey of 1,000 employees by insurance group Canada Life found that nine out of 10 had gone to work while…
A trust with around 500 nursing vacancies has admitted it is having difficulty recruiting and said it is considering filling some roles with other staff. The number of vacant nursing posts is likely to grow, Julie Smith, chief nurse at the University Hospitals of Leicester Trust, said. She told the…
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced a 25% increase in nurse training places to boost numbers of home-grown NHS staff as Britain leaves the EU. The additional 5,000 places will bring the number of undergraduate study opportunities to 25,850 in 2018/19, around 15,000 up from 2015. Mr Hunt called it…

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