Issue : 1999-01-14
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Nouvelle Labour's latest dishSubscription
COMMUNITY SPIRIT MATT MUIJEN
It is a hard life as an expert medical witness. Slaving away for just £124 an hour to prepare your evidence, and going to court for £870 a day - it's barely enough to keep the Woolf from the door.
Primary care groups
Investment in training and team-building would pack a punch in boosting public confidence in the NHSSubscription
'Silent majority' highlights some crucial issues. While many in the NHS would accept the theory that lay members have a role, uncertainty about how to involve them proactively leads to woolly thinking and the appearance of tokenism.
Size does matter in ambulance performanceSubscription
In your article about performance indicators (news, page 2, 10 December) it would have been helpful if you had pointed out that the London Ambulance Service received more complaints than other ambulance services because it is considerably larger than any other service in the country.
In favour of outreach, 'fretting' about rightsSubscription
I was sorry to see that Michael White has misread the source of the King's Fund's 'fretting' (politics, 17 December).
Michael Howlett (letters, 26 November) makes a strong case for psychiatrists to become more involved in managing psychopathic disorder. But he treats it as a single entity, which is understandable as many psychiatrists (including HW Griffiths, to whose letter he was responding) talk about it in this way. It is less confusing to differentiate between personality disorders and situations where the term 'psychopathic disorder' is used or misused.
Verdicts mixed after Ashworth unit probeSubscription
Weed all about it: