Issue : 1998-01-15
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VOL 108 NO 5587 THURSDAY 15 JANUARY 1998Subscription
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In sickness, not in healthSubscription
Which NHS staff group smokes the most, and which drinks the least? And why are sickness absence rates so high? Mark Crail reports on a Health Education Authority survey
One of the UK's smallest community trusts and its local GPs have set in motion a proposal to merge and create the UK's first primary care trust. Patrick Butler reports
Share and share alikeSubscription
Health workers in Glasgow are setting out to win a bigger share of NHS resources from richer areas. Barbara Millar investigates
Pharmacists in one city are being allowed to prescribe head lice treatments. Pat Healy asks whether the idea will catch on
A Department of Health initiative could start a consumer revolution in healthcare research, claim its supporters. Annabelle May reports
Aims and valuesSubscription
The aim of the standing advisory group is to ensure that consumer involvement in the NHS R&D programme improves the way research is prioritised, commissioned and disseminated.
Pilots need a soft landingSubscription
'There is now an enthusiasm in the NHS for joint work with other agencies where at times in the past there was little more than trepidation and distrust'
Keep your eye on the ballSubscription
So not only does England only ever win the World Cup under a Labour government, but the weather is better, too. Even under the present regime no spin doctor has yet had the brass neck to claim cause and effect. But it does seem that health secretary Frank Dobson and his colleagues have escaped a stern test of their stewardship of the NHS this winter thanks to an unseasonally warm early January and the vagaries of viral mutation (See News Focus, page 9).
EMPLOYERS MUST PLAY A ROLE IN TRAININGSubscription
I read with interest Professor David Cox's letter (6 November). As vice-chair of the West Yorkshire education and training consortium, I am proud that it works extremely well in education commissioning and collaborative working.