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
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.
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”.
The Department of Health has improved the quality of its leadership over the past two years, a Cabinet Office review has found.
Joan Saddler on patient centred servicesSubscription
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.
The first annual summary of coroners’ reports into the circumstances around avoidable deaths has highlighted the need for better hospital communication processes.