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BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4219 (Published 05 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4219

NICE backtracks on plan to publish safe staffing guidance: The UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has abandoned plans to publish guidance for hospital emergency departments on safe nurse staffing. NICE had previously said that it would publish the finished work along with four evidence reviews of safe staffing in other settings, including mental health settings and community nursing. However, it has now said that it will not make the information available, to avoid pre-empting future work on safe staffing by the new regulator NHS Improvement (formed by the merger of Monitor and the Trust Development Authority).

Concept of antibiotic resistance confuses the public: Most people, if they have heard of antibiotic resistance, think that it is when their body becomes resistant to antibiotics, research commissioned by the Wellcome Trust has found.1 People are much more likely to understand the terms “drug resistant infections” or “antibiotic resistant germs,” it suggests.

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