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.
A clinical vision for service redesignSubscription
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
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.
Emma Dent gets diagnosedSubscription
A kind reader recently commented that this column reads as though I have spent hours on it. At least, I think they were being kind.
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
Confederation call to tackle health inequalitiesSubscription
Moves to tackle health inequalities must start with the most excluded, the NHS Confederation has urged.
Maternity death rates worsening for poorer mumsSubscription
Maternity mortality rates have increased, the maternity services czar has revealed.
Academic health science centre launchedSubscription
Imperial College Healthcare trust, the UK's first academic health science centre, was launched on Monday.
The chairman of the British Medical Association has told a government minister that more money and staff will be needed to improve GP access.