Issue : 27 September 2007
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NHS organisations have a great opportunity when transferring assets to social enterprises – particularly with the scope afforded by NHS Estatecode, the guidance on managing their estate for disposals other than sales at open market value. Jane Donnison explains
Andrew Castle on innovation in obstetricsSubscription
A dip into the history of obstetrics shows how inventiveness is one of its trademarks, says Andrew Castle
Transparent mechanisms for deciding on the use of high-cost drugs for rare disorders are needed, says Michael Sobanja
Michael White on this year's Labour conferenceSubscription
I filed this column, from Labour's Bournemouth conference, a little later than usual this week. Gordon Brown had brought the annual leader's speech forward by 24 hours (he is in such a hurry, that man) and I wanted to catch what he had to say.
Gordon Brown has put patient safety at the top of the government’s priorities for the acute sector, promising stronger rules on hospital cleanliness.
Noel Plumridge on lessons from Northern RockSubscription
Healthcare providers should not ignore the difficulties facing other sectors, writes Noel Plumridge
Senior managers' pension contributions will rise by 2.5 per cent as part of a new pensions deal for NHS employees finalised last week.
Sustaining the strides made in NHS patient engagement will rely on clinicians and managers embracing change, says Stephen Thornton
Barometer: primary care trusts in September 2007Subscription
Financial optimism is still riding high, according to the latest Barometer survey of primary care trust chief executives. Confidence in breaking even at the end of 2007-08 stands at an all-time high of 9.45 out of 10, up on August's figure of 8.73.
Trusts were asked too early to move care out of hospitals into the community, the Department of Health's director-general of commissioning has said.