The number of newly qualified nurses and midwives with debts of over £10,000 has more than doubled in 2 years according to a joint survey conducted by UNISON, the UKÕs largest health union, and Nursing Times, the best selling nursing weekly. In 2003 6% of students had debts of £10,000 or more but today a new survey of 2,000 nursing students revealed that figure has risen to 14% for newly qualified nurses.
Cardiff County Court has today awarded £240,000 compensation, with a further £114,000punitive interest, to UNISON member Alison Dugmore (37), who developed a life-threatening allergy to latex while working at two hospitals in Swansea. Alison was forced to give up nursing in December 1997 after she suffered a series of anaphylactic attacks as a result of using latex gloves coated with corn powder. She developed skin irritation and respiratory problems from the exposure and to this day has to carry an Òepi-penÓ with her in case she unwittingly comes into contact with latex.
“When my partner was diagnosed with Alzheimers, it was a devastating blow. What made matters even worse was having staff in the home and other health professionals continually querying who I was. I had power of attorney and we took the decision to tell staff about our relationship, but that didn’t stop them questioning whether I was the most appropriate person to make decisions about my partner’s affairs.”
Cost of implementing the legislation has risen another £300m, bringing the latest cost to taxpayers to between £1.5bn and £1.6bn
NHS already under severe financial pressure as jobs are already going, says union head of health
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Broaden your skills at NTCL Manchester Nursing Times Careers Live is returning to Manchester to help you reach your full potential on Saturday 5 October! Whether you’re a qualified nurse or student just getting started, our event is the perfect opportunity to take charge of your career and set goals for the future. Meet employers […]
Stuart Tuckwood has been appointed UNISON’s national nursing officer to help the union promote and defend the interests of nurses. He took up the position this month (September). A registered adult nurse, Stuart spent the past five years at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, where he worked in major trauma rehabilitation and later as a charge […]