Issue : 21 May 2009
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The Climate Change Act has set some tough targets for cleaning up the environment. The NHS carbon reduction strategy should help trusts to achieve it. Stuart Shepherd explains
Facilities: Patient safety by accident or designSubscription
Improving building elements such as layout, lighting and signage can make a huge difference to avoiding accidents such as slips, trips and falls. Louise Hunt reports
Andrew Craggs on safe thinkingSubscription
Imagine a patient who falls in a pothole on his way to a clinic on the main footpath. He sustains severe head injuries and subsequently dies.
Sophia Christie on NHS crisis and opportunitySubscription
An emerging policy consensus looks to innovation to save the NHS. The context is an emerging “perfect storm” of financial crisis, global warming, obesity, longer lives with greater dependency and fewer working age people to pay taxes.
David Furness: Keep local people in on the actSubscription
The Budget has set the scene for a grim period in NHS finances, so accountability to the public must play an even greater role, not least in relation to local commissioning
Paul Corrigan: Darwin's theory on the NHSSubscription
The greatest truth in Darwin’s On the Origin of Species is that to survive in a rapidly changing environment, species must adapt. And for a species to be adaptable it needs to love diversity.
A press release titled “Women in healthcare have more affairs” prompted bemused smiles all round last week, even from HSJ’s hardened hacks.
A general election is looming, in case you have not noticed, and Whitehall press officers have already started to use their civil service rule book as an excuse to not answer difficult questions - lest their response be interpreted as somehow “political”.
You have to hope that NHS North West practises what it preaches.
Lookey-likey: Nigel Edwards and Mark WilliamsSubscription
A reader has spotted the similarity between NHS Confederation policy director Nigel Edwards and actor Mark Williams from the “Suits you sir” Fast Show sketch.