EU nurse applicants drop by 96% since Brexit vote

BBC News

There has been a sharp drop in the number of nurses registering to work in the UK since the EU referendum, figures suggest. Last July, 1,304 nurses from the EU joined the Nursing and Midwifery Council register. That compares with just 46 in April this year, a fall of 96%. The Health Foundation, which obtained the figures from the NMC, said they should act as a "wake-up call" as the fall could compromise patient safety. The think tank said the NHS was already struggling with nurse vacancies and, without this supply line, shortages could get worse.

Nurses Week 2018 Freebies: 5 Places To Get Free Food, Discounts Starting May 6

International Business Times

In May, businesses take time to celebrate some of the hardest working individuals in society: nurses and teachers. Ahead of National Nurses Week 2018, which kicks off May 6 and ends May 12, we've compiled a list of five places where nurses can get freebies and discounts. Here's what you need to know: Cinnabon is giving away free sweet treats to nurses during the celebration. The company has partnered with the DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Foundation, which is aiming to recognize the exceptional work that nurses do for patients and families. "All nurses are invited to enjoy a free Cinnabon cinnamon roll at participating bakeries during Nurses Week, an annual event to remind nurses of how sweet and special they are," the foundation writes.

Hospital trust partners with AI firm for healthcare tech


A London hospital trust has entered a partnership with an artificial intelligence (AI) company to develop new digital solutions for healthcare, with the first step being the launch of a mobile clinical application for detecting acute kidney injury (AKI). The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust has announced a five-year deal with DeepMind, which became established as one of the leaders in the field when it was acquired by Google in 2014. It follows on from a year-long partnership between the two organisations, in which they have developed the Streams app, which processes new and historic patient data to support clinicians in making diagnoses. It has now been registered with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and will be deployed to the foundation's clinicians from early next year. David Sloman, chief executive of the Royal Free London, said: "We are hugely excited by the opportunity this partnership presents to patients and staff.

The miserable case of unhappiness surging in Japan

The Japan Times

This is the happiest time in the history of the world, and Japan is among the happiest of countries. Globally, prosperity is wider spread and poverty less abysmal than ever before. Technology enables not only the mighty few but the run-of-the-mill masses -- you, me, anyone -- to perform miracles and wonders beside which biblical miracles and "Arabian Nights" fantasies pale. Everything we want is the merest click away. Socially, we're freer than ever before -- to live as we please, marry or not as we please, engage in whatever sexual practices turn us on, online or off, physical or virtual, without society batting an eye in disapproval or even surprise.

Abe Cabinet set to OK 1 billion transfer to South Korea 'comfort women' fund

The Japan Times

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet is set to approve on Wednesday the disbursement of 1 billion ( 9.8 million) to a South Korean foundation to help Korean women forced to work in wartime brothels for the Japanese military, Japanese government sources said Tuesday. That same day Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will hold talks with South Korean counterpart Yun Byung-se in Tokyo on the sidelines of a trilateral gathering also involving Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, providing an opportunity for the Japanese and South Korean ministers to affirm the strengthening of ties. Japan hopes making progress on the "comfort women" issue will strengthen its ties with South Korea, as well as trilateral cooperative ties involving the United States in dealing with North Korea's nuclear threat and China's rising military assertiveness at sea, the sources said. When the transfer of the money to the Reconciliation and Healing Foundation is completed, Japan will have fulfilled all responsibilities pledged in the landmark bilateral deal struck last December over the agingcomfort women, paving the way for implementation of support measures for them. Tokyo has made sure the money will not be considered as reparations, in line with its stance that all compensation claims were "settled completely and finally" under an agreement attached to the 1965 treaty that established diplomatic ties between Japan and South Korea.