Issue : 1999-02-04
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Courtin' the middleSubscription
The most uncomfortable job in the managerial hierarchy has to be the middle manager: dumped on by top managers and beset with seemingly impossible objectives on the one hand, and reviled as mere clipboard carriers by those they supervise on the other. An impossible job, and yet no organisation can do without them. We should understand their role better and make it more rewarding.
Feeling the squeezeSubscription
Happy with their lot or keen to move on? Janet Snell asked middle managers how they see their role and prospects
Lazy days of summerSubscription
It is commonly accepted that winter emergency admissions are a major cause of longer waiting lists. But, argues Neil Pettinger, the truth may have more to do with a slowdown in warmer months
We ain't seen nothing yetSubscription
If the government insists on 3 per cent efficiency savings in hospital costs, next winter will be disastrous, says Simon Walford
You may think the Commission for Health Improvement does not yet exist. Undaunted by the fact there is as yet no legislation to set it up, that it has no chair, no chief executive, no staff and no budget, the good old Department of Health has decided otherwise. Monitor understands that civil servants reporting to chief nurse Yvonne Moores are already working on CHI's agenda.
On pain of deathSubscription
Victims of General Pinochet's regime are among those the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture seeks to help. As the former Chilean dictator waits to hear whether he will be extradited, Wendy Moore reports on its work
Health Bill gives government a trump card should push come to shove
Stand by your beds for chaosSubscription
Big pay rises prove irresistible, but where will the cuts fall?
Lessons in market valuesSubscription
The government's application of 'third way' thinking to the public sector is becoming clearer. At least it is in education , where the private sector is being encouraged, if not actively courted, to apply to provide a range of educational services, run schools and even whole education authorities.
'We are seeking a smoke-free facilitator (smoking cessation in NHS settings). The postholder will play a key part in piloting a practical tool kit to enable the delivery of effective smoking cessation interventions in the NHS.'