Issue : 23 July 2009
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The tension between religion and healthcareSubscription
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
Stephen Eames on the need to make changesSubscription
Sunday morning and it looks as if it is going to be a hot day - a precursor to a long hot summer dominated by organising surge plans to combat pandemic flu, while digesting the impact of another central initiative on quality, innovation, improvement and productivity, otherwise known as “QIPP”.
Paul Corrigan on commissioning strategy plansSubscription
Nearly all primary care trust commissioning strategy plans describe a rationale for their intentions over the next five years. Tailored to the health and healthcare needs of their population, they describe future actions which intend to move activity out of secondary care, and cut emergency admissions and attendance at A&E.
After being accused of being teetotal on Question Time, health secretary Andy Burnham will have been keen to prove otherwise at the Department of Health’s annual drinks reception for journalists last week.
Flight of fancySubscription
Some NHS trusts get terribly wound up over visiting times, imposing strict restrictions on the numbers and ages of those who can see patients.
Ghost of a chanceSubscription
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.
Will the public back the national care service?Subscription
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.
The new chief executive of scandal hit Mid Staffordshire foundation trust says he will help the organisation recover by being “open, honest and transparent”.