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Issue : 23 July 2009

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  • When the religious beliefs of an NHS employee run contrary to trust policy, the result is often headline grabbing conflict. Louise Hunt looks at a modern day dilemma

    The tension between religion and healthcareSubscription

    Resource centre24 July, 2009

    When the religious beliefs of an NHS employee run contrary to trust policy, the result is often headline grabbing conflict. Louise Hunt looks at a modern day dilemma

  • East Kent Hospitals University foundation trust took it all in its stride when a 13-year-old hawk turned up to visit patient Karen Pearson. Ms Pearson was missing the bird of prey, Belle, which belongs to her partner Bob Barlow, so a reunion in the hospit

    Flight of fancySubscription

    Community23 July, 2009

    Some NHS trusts get terribly wound up over visiting times, imposing strict restrictions on the numbers and ages of those who can see patients.

  • When Derby Hospitals foundation trust made a chaplain available for staff spooked by ghostly sightings, managers strenuously denied claims that they were planning an exorcism.

    Ghost of a chanceSubscription

    Community23 July, 2009

    When Derby Hospitals foundation trust made a chaplain available for staff spooked by ghostly sightings, managers strenuously denied claims that they were planning an exorcism.

  • Lord Darzi's official leaving date may not be until the recess, but his Richmond House office looked pretty bare as HSJ passed it on the way to a briefing at the DH.

    Where's Darzi?Subscription

    Community23 July, 2009

    Lord Darzi’s official leaving date may not be until the recess, but his Richmond House office looked pretty bare as HSJ passed it on the way to a briefing at the DH.

  • The long awaited social care green paper proposes reforms including a new ‘national care service’, but what are the implications and where will the money come from?

    Will the public back the national care service?Subscription

    News23 July, 2009

    The long awaited social care green paper proposes reforms including a new ‘national care service’, but what are the implications and where will the money come from?

  • Experts calling for “radical” changes to the regulation of NHS workers have asked the Department of Health to consider whether managers could be covered by the proposals.

    Department of Health asked to consider increased regulationSubscription

    News23 July, 2009

    Experts calling for “radical” changes to the regulation of NHS workers have asked the Department of Health to consider whether managers could be covered by the proposals.

  • Antony Sumara was hired by foundation regulator Monitor after the trust failed to make an appointment. It previously interviewed only two candidates and neither had been chief executives before, HSJ understands.

    Antony Sumara 'flattered' to get Mid Staffs top jobSubscription

    News23 July, 2009

    The new chief executive of scandal hit Mid Staffordshire foundation trust says he will help the organisation recover by being “open, honest and transparent”.

  • The Department of Health has improved the quality of its leadership over the past two years, a Cabinet Office review has found.

    Department of Health has improved but its vision lacks ‘coherence’Subscription

    News23 July, 2009

    The Department of Health has improved the quality of its leadership over the past two years, a Cabinet Office review has found.

  • Joan Saddler

    Joan Saddler on patient centred servicesSubscription

    Opinion23 July, 2009

    Actively seeking out and acting on patient feedback to shape services is still far from the norm but is fundamental to putting quality at the heart of the NHS.

  • Jim Easton

    Jim Easton to continue Lord Darzi's work on NHS qualitySubscription

    News23 July, 2009

    The Department of Health’s new head of quality, innovation, productivity and prevention, Jim Easton, has vowed to “follow through” on Lord Darzi’s commitment to quality.

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