Issue : 2000-11-02
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Ann Widdecombe - now there's a lady, sighs Monitor. Some suggested her proposals to fine, or possibly maim, cannabis users were the product of an unclear mind. The rest of the Tory Party turned on the fragrant lady, taunting her with smoky reminiscences of their drug-addled past. But our sturdy wannabe home secretary stood firm, even when best brownie Yvette Cooper joined the: 'I tried it and it wasn't for me' party.
Dear Mel. . .Subscription
As the chief officer of a community health council I am a bit worried about what I and my council members will do once CHCs are abolished. Any ideas?
HSE moves in to stem violence against staffSubscription
The Health and Safety Executive has ordered a Scottish primary care trust to take immediate action to protect vulnerable staff from potentially violent and aggressive patients.
Scottish health minister Susan Deacon is refusing to consider compensation after a 12-month investigation cleared the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service of any blame for infecting haemophiliac patients with hepatitis C.
Days like thisSubscription
Health authorities are being allowed to delay paying creditors just months after the Commons social services select committee condemned the practice as 'deplorable. Falling receipts from land sales and the need to clear underlying deficits before the start of the internal market on 1 April have driven some HAs to consider delays until after the end of the financial year.
Private wings, ruffled feathersSubscription
Will the private sector gallantly rescue the NHS from winter turmoil and long waiting lists - or will it simply poach trained NHS staff and sell their services back to the taxpayer at a profit? Tash Shifrin reports
What exactly is intermediate care?Subscription
Everyone thinks intermediate care is a wonderful idea.But progress is hampered by uncertainty about what it means.
Acute General Healthcare Group, BUPA and Nuffield Hospitals account for nearly 60 per cent of the independent acute hospital markets.
Lord Phillips' £27m inquiry into BSE reveals serious failings at the DoH as well as at MAFF. But it's pretty timid stuff, reports Patrick McCurry
No shame, no blame: what the report saysSubscription
In its plea for openness, the inquiry lacks conviction.The report, published last Thursday, runs to 16 volumes.Despite advocating openness as 'the correct approach'it is characterised by a cautious tone and a reluctance to pinpoint blame.Indeed, the summary document, published alongside the report, shies away from any criticisms of individuals, 'which should only be read in their proper (4,000 page) context'.