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Health Service Journal
2001-03-08

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  • 30 building firms jostle for PFI deal

    Construction companies are grabbing the opportunity to be part of the latest NHS building programme, with more than 30 vying for a private finance initiative contract to build a £12m hospital near Leeds.
  • A dying shame

    One patient dies per week in unexplained circumstances on NHS psychiatric wards. A four-year investigation will attempt to explain and prevent such tragedies in the future, writes Mark Gould
  • Approval sought for PFI-staffed kidney unit

    THIS WEEK
  • Catch a falling star

    With doctors'performance high on the political and media agendas, Martin Roland and colleagues report on how a special panel is tackling poorly performing GPs
  • 'Chapel' trust settles dismissal claim

    The trust in the 'bodies in the chapel' case has settled a longrunning claim for unfair dismissal by a union representative, just days before her employment tribunal was to begin.
  • CHC axe fails to kill off optimism

    Widespread recognition that users must have strong voice is heartening
  • Days like this

    HSJ 7March 1991 : Managers to face psychological 'audit'. . . High salary warning. . . Trust bids to break deadlock. . . Hospitals refuse contracts. . . Hotel beds pioneer
  • Dear Mel. . .

    I am very worried about this new consultant's contract business. At my hospital 55 of the 60 consultants (the other five are psychiatrists) have said they'll leave the NHS if the government's new proposals are enforced.
  • Dear Mel. . .

    I was very worried recently when I read about the manager who was ticked off for sending a memo telling his staff not to show the national cleaning hit squad the 'grotty' bits of his hospital. How should he have acted?
  • do not overlook act's powers to protect public

    LETTERS
  • Doctor know

    The delicate issue of patient consent is at the heart of debate over a bill which will empower the health secretary to allow exchange of confidential information. Lyn Whitfield reports
  • End the state of limbo CHC staff have been in since the NHS plan was published

    LETTERS
  • Expertise of Executive and trusts needed over refugee doctors

    LETTERS
  • Fair do's

    The dearth of training in equal opportunities for GPs could leave them open to complaint and must be addressed swiftly, argue James Gerrard and Jamie Bahrami, who carried out a survey of the issue
  • Food guru backs waiters on the wards

    Waiters and waitresses should serve food to patients in all hospitals, restaurant critic and hospital food guru Loyd Grossman has said following an initiative being piloted in Nottingham.
  • Foreign bodies: help wanted on surgery abroad

    LETTERS
  • HAs' surplus will not ease cash plight of teaching trusts

    THIS WEEK
  • Hospital worries may trigger first industrial action by RCN

    The Royal College of Nursing is heading for its first industrial action, following concern over accident and emergency services at Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals trust.
  • House calls

    Come the election, health campaigners will be aiming to take their causes to the top - by standing for seats at Westminster.
  • IN BRIEF

    The number of people on NHS waiting lists in England increased by 4,500 to 1,039,000 in January, compared with an 11,000 rise in January last year. The government claims it is still on target to cut waiting lists by 100,000 while the Conservatives argue lists have increased by 32,000 since 1997.
  • Litigation Authority must ensure caution when sharing its data

    LETTERS
  • Livingstone holds on to bulk of budget plan

    The London Assembly has resisted its last chance to force the mayor to make cuts to his budget on health, housing and social exclusion.
  • 'Local champions'start to make their mark on NHS plan working

    A picture of new partnerships and joint working is beginning to emerge from the local boards, committees and taskforces charged with leading on implementation of the NHS plan at trust and health authority level.
  • Local heroes are where It is at - despite election fever

    Press releases spew forth, but the really hot action is not in Whitehall
  • Look-backs in anger

    PUBLIC DOMAIN
  • monitor

    Every loser wins. Nick Berry had a point, back in 1986. But it hardly explains the GMC, which is taking its suffering to unexplored heights. Monitor has noticed that the stern body has not had an especially good press of late. And the latest tragedy to hit really does take the biscuit. Thank God for GP magazine, with its team of hacks digging about to find the scoopiest of scoops. Its front page of 16 February had the story that everybody's talking about - (or would do, if they read GP) - 'GM
  • New care home standards spark plea for funds

    Care home owners have called for 'new money' to fund the national standards for nursing and residential homes issued by the government last week.
  • news focus - Control experiment

    Is the Labour government's promise not to privatise clinical services cracking wide open? Ann McGauran reports
  • NHS plan timeta able for beds begins to slip

    THIS WEEK
  • NHS workers warned to stay away from farms

    THIS WEEK
  • Prosecution of HIV-positive man can only be bad news for sufferers

    LETTERS
  • Rave from the grave as Tory stalwart rejoins the fray

    POLITICS
  • RCN general secretary

    Beverly Malone, previously a deputy assistant health secretary in the US, has accepted the post of RCN general secretary. She will start work next month and will take over from Christine Hancock in June.
  • RCN U-turn may fail to placate staff

    The Royal College of Nursing's council has agreed to reinstate its original pay formula for staff, but by invoking a clause on affordability of pay awards it looks unlikely to avoid the threat of industrial action.
  • Scots nurse review wants skills merger

    The way primary care is delivered by community nurses in Scotland is set to change dramatically with publication of a review by the chief nursing officer calling for 'a radical modernisation of the public health nursing workforce'.
  • Screen and heard

    Screen and heard: an Internet cafe in a Rugby GP surgery is aiming to break down the barriers between teenagers and health professionals by encouraging young people to ask questions about their well-being. Visitors are welcome to surf the Net, play games or listen to CDs on the four computers in the waiting area at the Revel surgery. Rugby primary care group put up half the £4,000 cost of the computers.
  • Short cuts

    New frameworks will cover children and neurology Plans to produce two new national service frameworks - one on children's services and one on long-term neurological conditions - have been released by health secretary Alan Milburn. The children's services framework, which will also incorporate maternity care, will be published in 2003 for implementation in 2004. Its development will involve close cooperation with the government's children's taskforce. The long-term neurological conditions fram
  • Spot the difference

    The Liberal Democrats are trying very hard to prove they have different health policies from the Labour Party - and that they're bigger and better. Paul Stephenson reports
  • Taking to the Bush

    Political gridlock may leave US health reform in abeyance until the 2002 Congress elections. In the meantime, the new administration is busy appointing anti-abortion proponents.
  • THE PERSUADERS

    Our weekly guide to healthcare's most influential people
  • The seven-year hitch

    The government's proposed clampdown on new consultants doing private work was a last-minute addition to the NHS plan, and the determination to implement it came as a further surprise. Jeremy Davies explains
  • The shameful running down of community children's services

    LETTERS

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