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

Published: 03/06/2004, Volume II4, No. 5908 Page

From thePoor Law Officers' Journal , June 3 1904

A special report to the Guardians of Shifnal at their fortnightly meeting raises the question of the use of alcohol and drugs in the workhouse. The report said the Medical Officer could not supply all the drugs required out of his salary so he was obliged to make up the deficiency by using alcohol. The Guardians unanimously agree that a moderate store of drugs be made available for the use of inmates and that it be suggested to the Medical Officer he used drugs in substitute for alcohol wherever possible. The doctor says the supply of drugs would cost£9 2s 6d giving a saving of£20 a year.

From Hospital and Social Service Journal , June 4 1954

Unit hospital administrators should be liberated and given greater recognition, the annual conference of the Association of Hospital and Welfare Administrators hears. President Mr A.K.

Hadfield presses 'forcefully and persuasively' for more recognition for the role of the unit administrator, whose voice is 'often drowned in the volume of large scale administration reverberating around him'. Mr Hadfield tells the conference that individual units should be 'liberated' from detailed control in order that administrators can make their own economies and efficiencies and be free to use their own initiative.

From Health Service Journal , 19 May 1994

The NHS Executive has ordered a clampdown on cash pay-offs for top managers. The guidance on severance packages follows concerns about excessive and improper payments raised by scandals in Wessex and West Midlands. The guidance says settlements should not be regarded as 'an automatic entitlement' and must demonstrate 'probity' and 'value for money'.