Issue : 1998-01-15
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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
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.
There is little with which we would disagree in John Mahoney's analysis of community care services for severely mentally ill people (Letters, 18 December), the principal focus of the Zito Trust's campaign being precisely those areas and issues he describes.
COMMON WAITING LISTS COULD MEAN MORE MONEYSubscription
Moves to establish common waiting lists could have positive financial implications for the NHS.
The views expressed by Patrick Duffy of NHS Supplies (Letters, 4 December) are endorsed and, indeed, voiced repeatedly by the state-registered dietitian. The evidence for the positive contribution of nutrition to clinical outcomes is well documented; however, patients still go hungry in hospital.
Hugh Love (Letters, 4 December) is right to raise the problematic issue of VAT and its effect on affordability in private finance initiative schemes.
If nothing else, 1998 will be a landmark for the NHS. Its year- long 50th birthday party starts this month, even though the balloons and birthday cake will have to wait for the celebrations which will mark the first 'NHS Week' in July. The mood is deliberately upbeat, but for staff and managers who feel ground down and demoralised, will all the celebratory hullabaloo ring hollow?
It's the Patients Association wot tells it how it is, apparently. Or at least, Monitor assumes, the organisation led by novelist and agony aunt Claire Rayner was aiming to reflect the language of the street when it put out a press release about a conference encouraging people to make better use of local chemists. The following sentences were particularly eye-catching: 'The main aim of the conference is to listen to the public as to what they think and expect of local chemists... Earlier ...
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16 January 1948