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Tuesday 5 November

There is further coverage in the Evening Standard on the report by the Royal colleges, including the RCN calling for more action against Female Genital Mutilation. The report estimates that more than 66,000 women in England and Wales have undergone FGM, with more than 24,000 girls under the age of 15 at risk of it.

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Saturday 2-Monday 4 November

A coalition of royal colleges and charities including the RCN has warned that thousands of girls at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) are being failed by the health and justice systems. The report estimates that more than 66,000 women in England and Wales have undergone FGM, with more than 24,000 girls under the age of 15 at risk of it. It calls for health and social care workers to identify girls at risk and treat them as if they were at risk of child abuse. The report – Tackling Female Genital Mutilation in the UK - will be launched in the Houses of Parliament today.

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Friday 1 November

NHS payoffs for managers who return The Times reports on a married couple who were both NHS managers, and who received almost £1 million in redundancy payments. Both were re-employed within the NHS within months. The Times understands that there are dozens of senior staff who have also been re-employed following redundancy. Karen Straughair was paid more than £605,000 when NHS South of Tyne and Wear, where she was Chief Executive, was wound up at the end of March. Her husband, Chris Reed, who had been Chief Executive of NHS Tyne and Wear, was paid more than £345,000 when his organisation was abolished. In June, both were appointed to senior roles at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Andy Burnham, Shadow Secretary of State for Health, pointed to the fact that the two had be re-engaged at a time when more than 6000 nurses have been lost.

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Wednesday 30 October

New guidance on Female Genital Mutilation The Evening Standard reports that health staff across Britain are to be given new guidelines on how to identify and protect girls at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) under landmark reforms drawn up by leading medical organisations. The health bodies involved in preparing the guidance include the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Midwives, and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. The guidance will be launched on Monday 4 November.

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Friday 25 October

The Times reports on the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) announcement yesterday that one in four hospitals are at risk of delivering poor care, adding that one of the hospitals, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, may be placed in ‘special measures’ today. The RCN issued a response to the announcement yesterday. Dr Peter Carter said: “Nursing staff often know when their hospitals, or specific wards or services, are not delivering the care nurses would like to give. We have seen too often that there is a strong correlation between low staffing levels and hospitals on the brink of crisis. Numerous reviews, most recently the Keogh review, showed the vital importance of getting staffing levels right.”

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