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.
Older people want more talk in A&E Subscription
The third national survey of patients in accident and emergency, which the Picker Institute recently conducted for the Healthcare Commission, found significant improvements since 2004, especially in communication by staff.
Health inequalities in learning disabilities Subscription
Essential changes to learning disabilities services will have knock-on benefits for many other patients, who will gain from better approaches to communication and delivery
Noel Plumridge on security under threatSubscription
'What I'd really like for 2009,' said my friend Kate, 'is a man with an enormous pension.'
‘Baldrick, please, when it’s just us, you can call me Minister’
A London hospital trust is to urgently review its IT support after a computer virus led to it declaring an 'internal major incident'.
Senior NHS managers are no longer opposed to private sector involvement in the health service, but their juniors often are, according to the NHS Confederation.