Issue : 22 January 2009
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A leaked memo written by a strategic health authority chairman has revealed health secretary Alan Johnson’s deep frustrations that New Labour’s 1997 manifesto pledge to scrap mixed-sex accommodation has not been met.
Two NHS trusts rapped for patient data lossSubscription
Two trusts have been found in breach of the Data Protection Act for losing and failing to secure information about patients.
NHS trusts are 'complacent' about making the changes needed to comply with the European working time directive, doctors' leaders are claiming.
More consultant paediatricians needed Subscription
An extra 3,000 consultant paediatricians are needed to deliver the safest possible service to children and their families, a Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health report warns.
A radical redesign of services could be essential for small local hospitals' survival.
Michael White on the NHS and vested interestsSubscription
I always have mixed feelings on reading that some grand professional body like the Law Society or the British Medical Association is moved to condemn a new government policy as unwise or unclear, and sometimes downright dangerous.
'If ever there was a moment for leadership in the public sector, this is it.' This statement, which sounds like a politician's soundbite, was in fact from Mark Goldman, chief executive of Heart of England foundation trust.
Media Watch: social marketingSubscription
The NHS is in the middle of a social marketing drive the like of which has never been seen before.
The fate of failing NHS trusts will be decided within three months of a special administrator being appointed to take over the roles of the chair and the board.
PCTs fail to back up maternity care driveSubscription
Flagship government commitments to improve safety and choice of maternity services may be compromised in large parts of England.