Issue : 4 October 2007
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Public consultation: knowing your obligationsSubscription
Confusion often arises over NHS bodies' consultation obligations, but upcoming legislation makes it ever more important to get these right, says Trevor Blythe
David Praill on access to pain reliefSubscription
According to our report Access to Pain Relief – an essential human right, published this week to mark World Hospice and Palliative Care Day on 6 October, 80 per cent of the world’s cancer sufferers have no access to pain relief. This means 7 per cent of the world's population is experiencing cancer pain that could be relieved but is not, due to lack of access to drugs that are low in cost, easy to administer and highly effective.
This week in Blackpool the Conservative Party conference promised to scrap top-down targets - and end the postcode lottery.
After the years of media scrutiny, policy statements, regulations, inspections and public outcry - not to mention the avoidable deaths and illnesses - it is hard to comprehend why many acute trust boards are failing to make hygiene standards a priority.
Confederation call to tackle health inequalitiesSubscription
Moves to tackle health inequalities must start with the most excluded, the NHS Confederation has urged.
Academic health science centre launchedSubscription
Imperial College Healthcare trust, the UK's first academic health science centre, was launched on Monday.
Disability watchdog names and shames SHAsSubscription
The NHS is failing to tackle disability discrimination, with strategic health authorities among the worst culprits, according to a watchdog.
Malcolm Lowe-Lauri on connecting with the bossSubscription
What is the best way to manage a less than perfect leader? Here, Malcolm Lowe-Lauri offers some suggestions
Four more granted foundation trust statusSubscription
Four more trusts have been granted foundation trust status by Monitor, the independent regulator.
The chairman of the British Medical Association has told a government minister that more money and staff will be needed to improve GP access.