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Issue : 4 October 2007

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    Public consultation: knowing your obligationsSubscription

    Resource centre5 October, 2007

    Confusion often arises over NHS bodies' consultation obligations, but upcoming legislation makes it ever more important to get these right, says Trevor Blythe

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    David Praill on access to pain reliefSubscription

    Opinion5 October, 2007

    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.

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    NICE chief asks for divorce from DoHSubscription

    News4 October, 2007

    The chief executive of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has said that it would function better if it were set free from the Department of Health.

  • Councillors to join PCT boardsSubscription

    News4 October, 2007

    Primary care trusts might be told to have local authority councillors on their boards, health minister Ben Bradshaw told delegates.

  • Going off OfcareSubscription

    News4 October, 2007

    Ministers are not keen on the proposed name for the new health and social care regulator, Ofcare.

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    Teenage pregnancy: confidentiality guide hailed as step forwardSubscription

    News4 October, 2007

    Moves to strengthen confidentiality for young people have been hailed as a step forward in efforts to bring down teenage pregnancy rates.

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    A clinical vision for service redesignSubscription

    Resource centre4 October, 2007

    When clinicians were asked to design their ideal service, common design rules quickly emerged. As Nigel Edwards and William Dunlop explain, these closely matched the views of patients

  • Mark Jennings

    Data Briefing: efficiency efforts begin to pay offSubscription

    Resource centre4 October, 2007

    A year after their first publication, the NHS Better Care, Better Value indicators are starting to reflect efforts to improve the efficiency of NHS care.

  • Helen Mooney

    Media Watch: GP contracts and doctored photosSubscription

    Opinion4 October, 2007

    As the party conference season drew to a close, the Conservatives this week came out fighting, with leader David Cameron pledging to rewrite the GP contract.

  • Appeal against Alzheimer's drug decisionSubscription

    News4 October, 2007

    Pharmaceutical companies are appealing a High Court judgement that upheld the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's decision to restrict the use of anti-dementia medicines for NHS patients in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.

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