A round-up of news from the professional journals

Resistance to register

Nursing regulators are making a last-ditch attempt to resist
Government demands for a publicly available list revealing which cities or
regions nurses work in. The Nursing and Midwifery Council has been told it must
publish a list of who is on the register and where they are from. This had
prompted fears that a ‘stalker’s charter’ would result, with members of the
public able to look up nurses’ names and addresses on the internet or in a
Nursing Standard, 13 May

‘Racially biased’ NHS

The NHS is ‘chronically and consistently racially biased’ and
is preventing black and ethnic minority nurses from being promoted, it has been
alleged. Trevor Phillips, chair of the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE),
called the situation a clear case of ‘snow-capping’ – where white members of
staff are at the top of the organisational pyramid and black workers at the
Nursing Standard, 13 May

Cancer linked to obesity

Obesity is a risk factor for cancer as well as cardio-vascular
and other diseases, new research has suggested. A report in the New England
Journal of Medicine found that obesity could be linked to up to a fifth of all
cancer- related deaths in the US. The prospective study over 16 years of nearly
1 million men and women found a correlation between a high body mass index and
cancer risk.
Nursing Times, 24 April

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