A round-up of news from the professional journals

NHS Direct leap

The Christmas and New Year period for 2001/2 marked the busiest ever day for
NHS Direct. About 350 NHS Direct nurses took more than 24,000 calls on Boxing
Day – which was the highest number recorded by the service in a single
day.National clinical leadfor nursing Jill Stringer said the number of calls
was a third higher than a year ago before the service went nationwide.

Nursing Standard
3 January 2002

Infectious disease increases

One in every 15 deaths is now caused by an infectious disease such as tuberculosis,
which has increased by 10 per cent in two years, experts have warned. The 1999
to 2000 Review of communicable diseases, published by the Public Health
Laboratory Service, highlights the huge impact infectious diseases have in
England and Wales.

Nursing Times
21 December 2001

Dyslexic nurses

The UKCC is set to launch an investigation into whether nurses with dyslexia
are a danger to the public. The probe comes after concerns were raised by the
council’s Joint Education Committee that student nurses with dyslexia were
experiencing difficulties in identifying medicines.

Nursing Times
11 December 2001

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