Issue : 11 February 2010
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New rules to tackle drug shortagesSubscription
NHS patients will be able to get the medicines they need more easily following the introduction of new rules, it has been revealed.
Andrew Lansley has written to the Office of Fair Trading, calling for an urgent investigation into the government’s “preferred provider” policy.
Career feedback - developing self awareness Subscription
If you are applying for posts do not be afraid to ask how you influenced the final decision - whether you get the job or not, says Diane Charnock
Not too many tweetsSubscription
Keeping up to date with mental health policy is about as high on Joe Bloggs’ agenda as dusting the picture rails or learning Esperanto.
If End Game readers are ever unfortunate enough to need an ambulance in the North West region, they can be assured the staff will be properly dressed from head to foot - as North West Ambulance Service has just decreed that ambulance crews cannot wear novelty socks.
A Wii fractureSubscription
Buried next to a New England Journal of Medicine study about a technique for communicating with patients in a vegetative state, blah blah blah, is a far more significant development: scientists believe they have uncovered the first ever Wii Fit fracture.
Stephen Eames on NHS merger turkeysSubscription
Most evidence of the impact of mergers is mixed and suggests benefits do not always materialise.
Acute sector faces future deficit of £7.5bnSubscription
NHS hospitals will run up deficits of around £7.5bn a year by 2015 under a “best case” scenario, management consultants have warned.
Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley wants a Conservative government to keep a firm hand on public health. In a joint interview with HSJ and sister title Local Government Chronicle, he tells Rebecca Evans how local collaboration will be vital
Imperial readies for new foundation trust bid Subscription
Imperial College Healthcare Trust is expected to begin the formal process of applying for foundation status in the spring.