Issue : 8 November 2007
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Supporting older people after dischargeSubscription
A co-ordinated approach between healthcare agencies, housing associations and local authorities can make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable older people after they leave hospital, as Judy Peaker explains.
Primary care trusts and local authorities may sometimes disagree over continuing care decisions and it is vital to have dispute procedures in place, says David Lock
Noel Plumridge on finding the right GPSubscription
Is it worthwhile to register with a GP when there are other alternatives available?
We are all terribly proud of the huge improvement we have achieved in the annual health check under your leadership. The fair and fair rating shows just how far we have come in five years. Surely the next stop is foundation trust status?
The world class commissioning programme aims to extend and improve lives while giving patients real power. NHS commissioning director general Mark Britnell sets out the government's ambitious vision
This week's Data Briefing looks at early neonatal deaths and stillbirths in Birmingham. END is the death of an infant within seven days of birth.
The government has still not answered crucial questions over its plans for long-term care of the elderly. With an ageing population, how will it fund a system set to cost a lot more? And will people still have to sell their homes to fund care? Mark Gould reports
The Department of Health faces serious embarrassment next week when one of its top officials supports the launch of a campaign to oppose some of the government’s NHS privatisation plans.
The government is investing an additional £30m on an untested health visiting scheme that will reach too few needy families, according to trade unionists.
Measles increase prompts PCT vaccination letterSubscription
The rise in measles cases in England and Wales has prompted a primary care trust to write to parents urging them to have their children vaccinated.