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

Published: 13/05/2004, Volume II4, No. 5905 Page

From the Poor Law Officers' Journal , 13 May 1904

Mr Ramsden, of the Chorlton Guardians, moved that applicants for board appointments should be 'firmly discouraged' from stating their religion. He said it had never been the board's practice to impose religious tests upon applicants. On one recent occasion, a large percentage of applicants for a particular appointment declared their religious belief because they thought it might have some influence on members of the board of the same religious persuasion. This practice of using religion for advancement was an evil that tended to embitter relations between sects and the sooner it was eradicated from public life the better. Mr Sergeant said his suggestion was an insult to the intelligence of the board and they had best leave the matter well alone.

From the Hospital and Social Service Journal , 14 May 1954

'The patient as the centre of the hospital' and 'Co-operation with other services in treating the patient' were among the topics under consideration by the Annual Conference of the Institute of Hospital Administrators.

Delegates discussed the level of care for people with tuberculosis - much of it provided in institutions which needed replacing - and said too many hospitals lacked admission wards, sick wards, and in some cases, even sanitary conditions.

From Health Service Journal , 12 May 1994

It was reported that health service spending on consultants (the management and IT variety) has topped£100m, an increase of£34m on the previous year's bill. Chief executive opinion on whether or not employing consultants eventually led to lower running costs was divided, and a House of Commons question requesting a breakdown of what this cash was spent on in, tabled by Darlington MP Alan Milburn, went unanswered as HSJ went to press.