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Health Service Journal
1998-05-07

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  • All our Yesterdays

    7 May 1948
  • Blair picks 'list buster' to crack down on waiting

    Prime Minister Tony Blair marked his first year in office last week by stepping up action on hospital waiting lists, which he said were still 'unacceptably high'.
  • BRING TRUSTS INTO FOCUS

    Letters
  • Computer error leads to smear recalls failure

    Scottish health minister Sam Galbraith has demanded an explanation from health board managers on how a computer error led to 4,500 women failing to receive smear test recalls.
  • Deal-with-drugs debate hits the drink link at last

    Politics
  • Double duty in mental health

    'Health minister Paul Boateng faces a dilemma in attempting to balance the first duty of mental health services to their users and the public protection which any government must ensure'
  • events

    PHARMACY OF THE FUTURE 19 May, Birmingham MEL Research and Aston University's school of pharmacy are organising Pharmacy in the 21st century: where next? Details: Stacey Sadler, 0121-604 4664.
  • EXPERIENCE CAN TEACH YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

    Letters
  • Fast among equals

    Furious debate about waiting times doesn't just happen in the UK. Tony Sheldon reports on a row about fast-track treatment preoccupying the egalitarian Dutch as they cast their votes
  • Former chief executive denies clinical responsibility

    A former hospital manager claimed last week that 'crossing the bridge' from being a doctor to becoming a chief executive meant he could be held to account only as a manager.
  • Getting into a pickle over a red herring

    Ann Dix fails to find a champagne drip at Damien Hirst's restaurant
  • HERETIC

    Dear Frank. . . in response to your recent letter
  • HOW COULD YOU MISS THE POINT I WAS MAKING?

    Letters
  • HOW TO TURN A THREAT INTO AN OPPORTUNITY

    Letters
  • I re-think therefore I am

    live from leeds
  • Ideas plea to cut litigation

    Patients must have 'more realistic expectations' of the NHS', health secretary Frank Dobson has warned.
  • In Brief: Berkshire health authority accepts liability

    Berkshire health authority has accepted liability for the severe brain damage at birth of Lesley Wildsmith, now aged 24.
  • In Brief: Campaign for Freedom of Information annual award

    Neil Woodward, a medical scientist who exposed the extent of misreporting of cervical smears at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital on Channel 4's Dispatches programme last year, has received a Campaign for Freedom of Information annual award.
  • In Brief: Expert consortium set up

    An expert consortium has been set up by the NHS Executive and the Department of Health to examine the feasibility of developing occupational standards defining national good practice for scientists and technicians within the NHS.
  • In Brief: Falkirk and District Royal Infirmary

    Falkirk and District Royal Infirmary, which is facing two fatal accident inquiries on patients who died after 'keyhole surgery', claims to be the first Scottish trust to set up a clinical effectiveness unit to ensure that all staff follow best practice.
  • In Brief: Former nurse Gloria Justice

    Former nurse Gloria Justice, whose career ended when she injured her back lifting a patient at Newcastle's Walkergate Hospital eight years ago, has been awarded £90,000. Ms Justice claimed she had not been trained in safe lifting techniques.
  • In Brief: Hospital porters ballot on industrial action

    Hospital porters at Leicester Royal Infirmary are threatening to hold a ballot on industrial action following the breakdown of talks over plans by private contractor Serco, which provides portering services at the hospital, to scrap their bonus payments.
  • In Brief: 'Hospital watch' scheme

    A 'hospital watch' scheme launched at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, in association with Paddington Green police station aims to combat rising crime on the wards.
  • In Brief: Minimum safe size for units

    New acute inpatient units for adult mental health should be limited to between 10 and 15 beds, the Royal College of Psychiatrists recommends. The minimum safe size for units, which should be housed in district general hospitals, is likely to be three 15-bedded wards, its report says. Not Just Bricks and Mortar. Tel: 0171235 2351 ext 146. £7.50.
  • In Brief: Nurse Sylvia Sparrow in court

    Nurse Sylvia Sparrow is taking St Andrews Homes to court, claiming that smoking by elderly patients in a nursing home where she formerly worked caused her breathing difficulties. It is the first passive smoking case in a British court, opening at the High Court in Manchester this week.
  • In Brief: Scotland's record on food poisoning

    The Commons select committee on agriculture has called for an urgent inquiry into why Scotland's record on food poisoning is much worse than the UK's. Latest figures show Scotland had 199 cases per 100,000 population compared with 180 in England and Wales.
  • In Brief: Values into Action study

    Hundreds of thousands of pounds are being wasted keeping people with learning difficulties in residential care when it would be cheaper to help them live at home, a government-funded study by the charity Values into Action says. The Cost of Opportunity: purchasing strategies in the housing and support arrangements of people with learning difficulties. Tel: 0171729 5436. £12.95.
  • In Brief: Year 2000 bug

    Less than a quarter of NHS computer systems have been safeguarded against the year 2000 bug, according to preliminary findings of a survey by the independent consultancy Solace, commissioned by software house Prove It 2000. Only 6 per cent of the 1,024 organisations surveyed hold guarantees that the bug will not interrupt utilities.
  • In denial

    Cock-up or conspiracy? Mental health organisations spent two days at an official DoH policy summit, and they still were not told of ministers' plans. Mark Crail reports
  • in person

    Glasgow Royal Infirmary University trust medical director Bill Anderson (above) has taken over as the trust's acting chief executive. He replaces Nigel Clifford who has left to join Cable & Wireless.
  • Joint approach

    The government's anti-drugs initiative aims at prevention, targeting the young and working with education and health authorities. Lyn Whitfield reports
  • JOINT WORKING: WHAT WILL DELIVER THE GOODS?

    Letters
  • Looking into the future

    Dr Hywel Lloyd demonstrates equipment from Telediab, a project that uses eye examinations to check for signs of diabetes, at the Wales telemedicine conference in Cardiff.
  • Managers are 'national force' says Milburn

    Health minister Alan Milburn wants to see 'a new sense of self-confidence' among NHS managers.
  • Mental health groups accuse Labour of going back on election promises

    Mental health groups reacted with dismay this week to the government's asyet still-secret plans for a shift in policy on community care backed by £50m a year investment in NHS mental health services.
  • monitor

    So the rumours that Warwickshire health authority big cheese Mike Marchment is on the look-out for a new job are true. And was it to be closer to his Labour luvvie friends in the capital that he applied for the chief exec's job at Camden and Islington Community Health Services trust? Monitor is none the wiser after quizzing Mr M.
  • NHSE urged to make trusts honour senior contracts

    Senior managers' organisations have called for action to prevent 'hundreds' of contractual disputes as the next round of NHS reforms gathers pace.
  • Nursing goes out to tender

    A health authority is to put a town's community nursing service out to tender despite claims by the current provider that it will cost managers £2.2m to shift the £6m contract.
  • on the record

    JUNE McKERROW has been director of the Mental Health Foundation since 1992. She previously worked for 25 years in housing and homelessness, most recently at Stonham establishing community-based alternatives to institutional living for people with special needs.
  • POPULATION PROJECTIONS

    Predicting demographic change is a tricky business. The one thing certain, says John Appleby, is that people will live longer and this will have a considerable impact on healthcare costs
  • Raised hope of health action for N Ireland

    Action to change the structure of health and personal social services could be taken within days of the setting up of the proposed new Northern Ireland assembly, health minister Tony Worthington said last week.
  • Scotland warned over cash targets

    Scottish health organisations have been warned against manipulating payments to meet cash targets by the head of the National Audit Office.
  • Scottish doctor says charges 'trumped up'

    A doctor told an industrial tribunal last week that he was dismissed by a Scottish trust on 'trumped up charges based on false allegations'.
  • Talking points

    Good communications are crucial if the NHS is to meet government goals of forging links with other agencies. Yet many trusts or health authorities have no communications staff - and where they do have, they usually work alone
  • Target practice

    Though recognising their health-promotion role, even GPs in one fairly affluent area are unsure of how to work across agencies to meet targets, reveals a survey by Thoreya Swage and Judi Linney
  • THE NHS AT 50: AND THERE IS NO PLACE IN THE SERVICE FOR IDLE HANDS

    Letters
  • THERE WAS NO STRENGTH IN NUMBERS OVER BART'S

    Letters
  • THERE'S FAITH IN THE NHS, BUT NOT IN ITS DISCIPLES

    Letters
  • TO REGULATE OR NOT: THAT IS THE QUESTION

    Letters
  • Trafford General Hospital

    Prime minister Tony Blair at Trafford General Hospital, which as Park Hospital was the site from which Aneurin Bevan launched the NHS 50 years ago. The hospital keeps an extensive archive from the period and is still in contact with many of the original patients and staff.
  • Turf wars at the grass roots

    As work gathers pace to develop primary care groups, tribalism is rife, says health minister Alan Milburn, who talks to Peter Davies
  • Unfinished business

    The consultation document on the NHS in Northern Ireland keeps debate on its future very much open. Pat Healy reports
  • Unhealthy appetites?

    opinion
  • WEB WATCH

    A friend of a friend was a builder working on the roof of a new multi-storey PFI hospital.
  • WHERE THE PRICE IS MOST DEFINITELY NOT RIGHT

    Letters

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