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Saturday 8- Monday 10 December

eath of nurse Jacintha Saldanha There has been widespread coverage this weekend on the nurse Jacintha Saldahan, who committed suicide after taking a hoax call from two Australian radio broadcasters pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles asking for information on the Duchess of Cambridge’s medical condition. The RCN issued a response saying that: “This is tragic news, and the thoughts of all at the Royal College of Nursing go to the family of Jacintha Saldanha. It is deeply saddening that a simple human error due to a cruel hoax could lead to the death of a dedicated and caring member of the nursing profession.” The comments were picked up by a number of national newspapers and broadcasters.

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Friday 7 December

A report has shown that one in three patients is waiting more than an hour to be seen at A&E. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) surveyed 46,000 patients and found that waiting times had worsened over the past year. Dr Peter Carter is quoted in the Daily Mail saying: “These findings are symptomatic of a system under huge strain because of a lack of beds and staff. “People should not be waiting an unreasonable time to be admitted and treated but, when the country’s health care needs are increasing and already over-stretched hospitals are losing resources, it is sadly inevitable that waiting times will increase.”

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Thursday 6 December

Following the formal start of consultation with trade unions over the move from NHS Direct to the new 111 service, it was revealed that 1,482 wholetime equivalent staff are at risk of redundancy. Dr Peter Carter is quoted in the Guardian, Daily Mirror and Daily Express saying: "These plans amount to abolishing a nurse-led self-care and advice service for cost-cutting reasons, but this will prove to be a false economy when it increases the pressure on ambulance services, A&E wards and GP surgeries."

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Wednesday 05 December

Nurses will be rated for their compassion There is further coverage today on how nurses will be formally judged on how compassionate they are with patients and not on their clinical skills alone under a national strategy announced yesterday. The guidelines, drawn up by chief nursing officer Jane Cummings, tell nurses to focus on the ‘six Cs’ – compassion, care, competence, communication, courage and commitment.

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Tuesday 4th December

Nurses will be formally judged on how compassionate they are with patients and not on their clinical skills alone under a national strategy to be announced today. Jane Cummings, the Chief Nursing Officer for England, will outline her vision for what she will call "a culture of compassionate care". Ms Cummings will tell a conference in Manchester how she plans to embed values such as compassion, communication, and commitment in public health care.

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