Issue : 11 October 2007
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Doctors' involvement in a hospital's patient safety drive is bringing about transformation, says Stephen Ramsden
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
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.
People with mental health problems often get chewed up and spat out of work. The NHS can lead the way in breaking a vicious circle that has a high price for both employee and employer, says Steve Shrubb
Although comprehensive spending review negotiations consume hundreds of person years in Whitehall, this effort is largely pointless, argues Simon Stevens
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.
The head of the NHS Confederation has called on clinicians to 'march on the street' if their chief executives are sacked.
Conservatives defend district general pledgeSubscription
Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley has defended the Conservative party's pledge to 'save' district general hospitals.
GPs should be able to prescribe language lessons to patients who struggle with English, the chair of the Royal College of GPs has urged.
The Department of Health has issued a stark warning to strategic health authority chiefs to send 'only the strongest' trusts to Monitor to be assessed for foundation status.