Issue : 21 May 2009
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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
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”.
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.
The government’s accident and emergency waiting target was met in 2008-09 for England as a whole despite a rise in attendances of more than 400,000 on the previous year.
Wales puts health council mergers idea on iceSubscription
The Welsh Assembly government has backed down from its proposal to restructure patient involvement groups.
Medics warned: train or lose paySubscription
Clinicians at a trust facing a £20m fine for missing infection targets have received an email threatening to suspend them without pay unless they prove they can follow hygiene policies.
The NHS should not look to quality and safety improvements to solve its impending funding problems, leaders in the field have warned.
MPs to debate health reformsSubscription
MPs are set to consider reforms including the NHS constitution, quality accounts and personal health budget pilots following the Health Bill’s passage through the House of Lords.
NHS trusts owed millions by private patientsSubscription
NHS hospitals could be significantly overstating their private patient income because a substantial proportion of it is either never paid or paid late.
With MPs’ expenses dominating the news this week, there was less room than usual for NHS manager bashing, miracle cures or the rest of the usual health-related fare.