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

Published: 22/07/2004, Volume II4, No. 5915 Page

From the Poor Law Officers' Journal , 22 July 1904

Sir William Hart Dyke asked the President of the Local Government Board whether he was aware that the sale of vegetable or fruit to be eaten uncooked had been prohibited in France when they were grown upon sewage farms; whether the attention of any of the Board's Inspectors had been called to the importation of such fruit and vegetables from France and if he would consider the advisability of taking steps to afford some greater security to the English consumer who might purchase them.

From the Hospital and Social Service Journal, 23 July 1954

At his organisation's conference, Mr F Courtney Harwood, Director of research at the British Launderers' Research Association, said that for many years medical authorities had been concerned with the prevention of cross infection in hospital wards - particularly in fever hospitals. He explained how the BLRA had collaborated with the Medical Research Institute on experimenting with the oiling of ward floors and of bed jackets, bed clothes, ward hangings and so on to trap bacteria through 'adhesion to the oil'.

He reported the experiment had been highly successful, not least in managing to develop a 'method of oiling which definitely controlled the amount of oil precipitated on to the fabric. . . which did not cause the fabric to acquire an oily feeling, although they carried 5 per cent of a bland white mineral oil.'

From the Health Service Journal , 21 July 1994

An event set up by the Patient's Association designed to 'enhance user and public involvement in the management of the NHS' found that most people hated glossy consultation documents full of jargon, and rejected 'pseudo' consultation exercises that focused on management agendas. The head of the organisation behind the event, the Office for Public Management, said the managers had no choice but to pay attention to 'awkward' patients, quoting George Bernard Shaw: 'The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.'