Briefing

A round-up of news from the professional journals

Public health role

Community nurses and health visitors have welcomed proposals to broaden
their role. The Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association has
dubbed the UKCC’s consultation document on education as an "imaginative
blueprint". The UKCC has set out a proposal to move away from a narrow
specialist medical model of health visiting to a broader public health role.

Nursing Times
14 September 2001

Asthma rate up

More people are suffering from asthma in the UK, according to an independent
audit. The Asthma Audit 2001, published by the National Asthma Campaign,
estimates that 5.1 million people – one in 13 adults and one in eight children
– are being treated for asthma. The campaign’s previous audit in June 1999 put
the figure at 3.4 million.

Nursing Times
11 September 2001

London too costly for nurses

The expense of living in London and the South East is hitting nurse
recruitment and retention in the region and helps explain a growing north-south
divide in hospital waiting times, according to an independent think tank, the
Centre for Economic and Business Research.

Nursing Times
10 September 2001

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