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

Published: 01/04/2004, Volume II4, No. 5899 Page

From the Poor Law Officers' Journal , 1 April 1904

Mr F Weaver of the Bristol Guardians moved that three weeks' leave of absence be allowed annually to nurses and attendants of the infirm in the workhouse hospital.

He said the three-week holiday last year was beneficial to the health of the nurses, who worked about 80 hours a week. Mr Burland moved an amendment that three weeks of holiday be granted this year. Dr Dyer said they were told last year that if they granted three weeks of holiday, there would not be discontent and the constant change of nurses would cease. That had not been the case.

The recommendation was passed, 35 votes to ten.

From the Hospital and Social Service Journal , 2 April 1954

Questions in Parliament: Mr Awbery asked the minister of health if he would take steps to break the monotony of many hospital wards by installing wireless and television receiving sets.

Mr Macleod replied that it was a matter for the local hospital authorities themselves: 'My information is that both are widely available, sometimes - and in my view very appropriately - provided by local gift or other voluntary sources.'

Strains within the family: Devon county council children's officer Kenneth Brill said Christian ideas of the family were the basis of mental health. 'If you are looking for the problem child, do not look in the slums but in the divorce courts.'

From the theHealth Service Journal , 31 March 1994

Civil servants in the new NHS Executive regional offices are being offered an exclusive health scheme allowing them to side-step long NHS waiting lists.

The Department of Health has given its full blessing to the Friendly Scheme, under which civil servants can claim 'fast track' private consultations and a range of medical and surgical treatments for just 45p a week.