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Issue : 21 May 2009

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  •  caution wet floor sign

    Facilities: Patient safety by accident or designSubscription

    Resource centre21 May, 2009

    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

  • Political prudesSubscription

    Community21 May, 2009

    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”.

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    Lookey-likey: Nigel Edwards and Mark WilliamsSubscription

    Community21 May, 2009

    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.

  • emergency ambulance accident traffic

    NHS trusts meet A&E waiting targets as demand risesSubscription

    News21 May, 2009

    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.

  • Edwina Hart

    Wales puts health council mergers idea on iceSubscription

    News21 May, 2009

    The Welsh Assembly government has backed down from its proposal to restructure patient involvement groups.

  • email symbols

    Medics warned: train or lose paySubscription

    News21 May, 2009

    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.

  • money cash pounds sterling finance

    Quality and safety can't 'solve' NHS funding crisisSubscription

    News21 May, 2009

    The NHS should not look to quality and safety improvements to solve its impending funding problems, leaders in the field have warned.

  •  generic parliament

    MPs to debate health reformsSubscription

    News21 May, 2009

    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.

  • Money problems

    NHS trusts owed millions by private patientsSubscription

    News21 May, 2009

    NHS hospitals could be significantly overstating their private patient income because a substantial proportion of it is either never paid or paid late.

  • Rebecca Evans

    Media Watch: expenses and NHS prescriptions for sunshineSubscription

    Opinion21 May, 2009

    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.

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