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New rules for workers dealing with patients

The findings of an official review into an incident at the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust, which firmly links the death of hundreds of patients to substandard care, are expected to prompt the government to announce new regulation for certain NHS workers.

The Telegraph reports that under the new recommendations, untrained health “assistants” will not be able to work in hospitals and more than 50,000 low-paid and unregulated assistants will have to receive formal care training.

Currently, only doctors and nurses are subject to official controls but untrained assistants are being assigned basic nursing tasks that fell under the umbrella of Nurses’ duties before.

The Telegraph said the Prime Minister and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt are expected to outline a series of measures designed to improve standards of care in the NHS, with details of the new minimum training standards to be announced “in the coming weeks”.