Issue : 11 October 2007
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Legal briefing: Alzheimer's drug rulingSubscription
The High Court hearing this year over the issue of the NHS funding drugs for treating Alzheimer's disease forced NICE to state its principles with great clarity. Now it has to stick to them, says David Lock
Doctors' involvement in a hospital's patient safety drive is bringing about transformation, says Stephen Ramsden
Although comprehensive spending review negotiations consume hundreds of person years in Whitehall, this effort is largely pointless, argues Simon Stevens
Media Watch: an odd week in politicsSubscription
This week kicked off in strange fashion. While prime minister Gordon Brown finally decided not to call an election, and the Conservatives cried foul, health secretary Alan Johnson revealed that he was 'not good enough' to become prime minister himself.
An independent inquiry into the junior doctors' recruitment 'crisis' has called for a national committee to scrutinise strategic health authorities' workforce planning.
NHS Employers has welcomed Lord Darzi's proposal to overhaul workforce planning.
The head of the NHS Confederation has called on clinicians to 'march on the street' if their chief executives are sacked.
National mental health policy is moving on from the detailed specification of service inputs required by the national service framework to a greater focus on care outcomes.
Your Humble Servant: the dreaded healthcheckSubscription
It's that time of year again when we all have our excuses ready to explain away the annual healthcheck. The Healthcare Commission team are practising their best po faces by seeing who can best disguise any sign of pleasure while having a butt plug pushed to the max.
GPs should be able to prescribe language lessons to patients who struggle with English, the chair of the Royal College of GPs has urged.