Ceremony tribute for war nurses
The Daily Mirror reports the ultimate sacrifice of Britain's nurses in the world wars - to be honoured at a special ceremony this evening at The Royal College of Nursing headquarters in London. The roll of honour will bring together the 2,000 names of unsung heroines who died in battle or as result of war service. The roll of honour will be kept at the Royal College of Nursing's headquarters. It is part of a 10 year project by Edinburgh University Researcher Yvonne McEwan. Dr Peter Carter said: It’s about recognising the service and incredible bravery of these women”.
Rising dementia toll means it causes one in six deaths
A study published by the National End of Life Care Intelligence Network which analysed death certificates between 2001 and 2009 showed that dementia accounted for 15 per cent of deaths in England, although campaigners said the true scale could be twice as high.
NHS locum spending nearly doubles in two years
NHS hospitals spend more than £750m a year on hiring temporary doctors, a figure that has almost doubled in two years since the European Working Time Directive for junior doctors, which cut their hours from 56 per week to 48, came into effect. The directive came into effect fully in August last year but hospitals were working towards compliance before the deadline. The Royal College of Surgeons, which obtained the data from hospital trusts through the Freedom of Information Act, said the figure was "astronomical”.
NHS screening change ‘would cut smear tests’
Women would need far fewer smear tests if the NHS switched to a new way of screening for cervical cancer, a Cancer Research UK scientist has said. Good uptake of the HPV vaccine that can prevent the cancer means we can now start to move away from conventional testing, said Professor Peter Sasieni.
House of Commons
Prime Ministers Questions at 12 noon.
Ten minute rule bill: support & protection for elderly people & adults at risk of abuse [Nigel Dodds]
House of Lords
Parliamentary Questions: improving the health of people with mental illness; Contaminated Blood (Support for Infected & Bereaved Persons) Bill (Lords) [Lord Morris of Manchester]
Statistics published: Diagnostic Waiting Times & Activity Data - September (DoH)
Health Minister Paul Burstow speech to Relatives & Residents Association Together But Alone Seminar in London
Students & Lecturers lobby Parliament over plans to increase tuition fees in England to £9,000 per year from 12 noon, including RCN members.