Issue : 1998-12-17
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Despite its affluent image, Greenwich is the fifth most deprived borough in London and 11th in the country. St Mary's ward, close to the Dome, is London's most deprived. Unemployment and lone-parent households are above London averages, while educational attainment is below the English average.
Expecting the unexpected: 'Major incidents are easy.'
Monitor was most impressed by the way the private Grovelands Priory Hospital dealt with our dear friend Augusto Pinochet. After all, not every bed blocker gets a blue-light London ambulance to take them home. But it did make Monitor wonder whether a similar facility was on offer to others in need of a rapid trip across the capital. After all, it can be hell to get to work some days. Alas, LAS was not very forthcoming. A rather terse statement says that making the ambulance available ...
It's a wrapSubscription
The strategy's main pointsSubscription
'Several hundred' new places in psychiatric wards.
One more dragSubscription
Are the measures in the tobacco white paper bold enough? Pat Healy reports
Trusts say it will be business as usual on millennium eve, but paying up to 10 times normal rates may be the only way to guarantee staffing levels.
A curtain call for the dame The reinvention of Sheila Masters - we are all New Labour nowSubscription
Few involved in NHS finances will be surprised by the Treasury white paper's £1bn savings target for health service running costs (See News, pages 4-5). The chancellor first announced the figure last July when he set out the results of the comprehensive spending review.
Testing out a new set of teethSubscription
'PCGs will want to be sure the means to achieve quality and value for money exist, otherwise many will say they have lost their old teeth and the new set don't bite'