Looking back at the week's top stories - as reported by HSJ and its predecessor titles

Published: 04/03/2004, Volume II4, No. 5895 Page

From the Poor Law Officers' Journal, 4 March 1904

For the Book Lover: Gynaecological Nursing, by Netta Stewart (2s 6d) supplies an obvious want in the nursing ward and we cordially commend it to nurses working under the Poor Law. In dealing with the ethics of gynaecological nursing Miss Stewart is direct and clear and has avoided the error of confusing the nurses' minds with unnecessary details.

The housing question: Mr Brearly, chairman of Okehampton Guardians (Devon), said there were hovels in the union unfit for pigs to live in. He directed attention to one room housing a whole family which he said would make a guardian shiver to go into and where the doctor never went without afterwards going home and removing his clothes.

From the Hospital and Social Service Journal, 4 March 1954

A report on child work by Glamorgan county council stresses 'the kindness, integrity and skill in personal relationships through which the parent can be brought to see the way in which conditions in the house can be improved', and a desire developed 'to have that better way of life for the sake of their children'.

It highlights a fall in the number of children coming into care and decreasing numbers brought before magistrates courts. Meanwhile the 're-establishment' of Frenchay General Hospital in Bristol from an emergency facility was celebrated by local managers.

From the Health Service Journal, 3 March 1994

HSJ reports on the inquiry into the case of Christopher Clunis, the mentally ill man who killed Jonathan Zito, showing that 'Mr Clunis was let down by more than 50 professionals over five years'.

'His care was inadequately planned, he was discharged prematurely, insufficiently supervised by doctors and social workers, and refused admission when he needed it.'

At a time when the secretary of state, in the form of Virginia Bottomley, was a former psychiatric social worker, 'the Department of Health cannot feign surprise at what has happened'.