Issue : 1998-11-05
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Take a risk, share the visionSubscription
At last we can begin to distinguish the mental health wood from the policy trees. The new values are 'safe, sound and supportive', and this encapsulates a range of priorities.
Funny old thing, coincidence. Barely had this column yoked Paul Boateng's name with that of Alun Michael in the 'Michael Stone' policy debate last week than fate linked them via Ron Davies's ill-fated stroll on Clapham Common. Minister B took minister M's job at the Home Office when he moved up to fill ex-minister D's shoes in Wales.
In Whitehall, agriculture minister Jack Cunningham sits with his colleagues, peering over his new ministerial red boxes. Unlike the previous government, this one 'will publish any report on public health immediately it comes to us', he promises, the shiny novelty of high office not yet having worn off.
The times they are a-changin'Subscription
The working time directive will cost the NHS millions and impose heavy new responsibilities on employers. John Northrop and Keith Hearn explain
How will the regulations be enforced?Subscription
The regulations on working time, night work limits and health assessments in hospitals will be enforced by the Health and Safety Executive. The HSE will bring cases before a magistrates' court or crown court. In most cases, employers will receive an improvement notice giving them a minimum of three weeks to remedy the situation. Employers will face criminal charges and an unlimited fine or a two-year jail sentence.
Action points for employersSubscription
Establish which employees the regulations apply to, especially those who do not provide a 'continuous service' or are not directly involved in patient care.
Want to know about 'Ann's secret passion', as Monitor's favourite magazine headlines its exclusive two-page spread on our dear friend Ann Widdecombe? Let Cat World's November issue reveal all. 'Animals have always played a large part in my life,' says the woman who shares the Tory front bench with the likes of Peter Lilley and John Redwood. And yes, she does have a 'passion' for cats - though, um, no she doesn't actually have one as such. Phew, wouldn't want anyone to think she was ...
The UK has been losing more beds than almost every other OECD country since 1979. John Appleby says that throughput could now compromise quality of care
Doctors to lose merit cash for misconductSubscription
Top hospital doctors face the loss of distinction awards worth up to £56,000 a year if the conduct of their personal or professional lives 'undermines confidence' in the system, guidance issued to the NHS this week confirms.
DoH circular will encourage joint work by health and social services to protect children in careSubscription
The Department of Health is about to issue a circular telling health authorities and trusts how to work with local authorities to improve services for children in need or in care.