A round-up of news from the professional journals

Violence against health staff

A shocking new Nursing Times survey reveals that violence against nurses is
on the increase, despite Government attempts to stamp it out. A staggering 40
per cent of nursing staff have been assaulted in the last three years. But only
4 per cent of those received support from their trusts in pressing criminal

Nursing Times
24 June 2002

More nurses needed

The number of qualified nurses in Northern Ireland will need to rise by 20
per cent if radical proposals to overhaul acute services in the province are
implemented. The proposals come in a report unveiled by Irish health minister
Bairbre de Brun, which is the fifth review of the province’s hospitals in the
past six years.

Nursing Standard
24 June 2002

NHS pay talks in disarray

Talks on the proposed new pay system for nurses and other NHS staff have
been thrown into disarray after health secretary Alan Milburn suddenly
announced that he would be seeking a 10 per cent, three-year pay deal. The deal
is to be offered first to medical consultants who have completed negotiations
on a new contract.

Nursing Standard
24 June 2002

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