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

Published: 05/08/2004, Volume II4, No. 5917 Page

From the Poor Law Officers' Journal, 29 July 1904

Editorial on the registration of nurses: We are opposed to a fixed system of registration because, we hold that it is unnecessary for the public protection, and further, because in the present frame of mind of the advocates of registration, it is tolerably certain that the registration door would be barred against many Workhouse Infirmary Probationers who are, on the whole, trained very efficiently.

From the Hospital and Social Service Journal, 30 July 1954

The latest annual report of the Central Health Services Council notes the continuance of the very difficult problem of mental health nurses. Probably the most serious problem confronting mental hospital authorities today is how to attract and retain a sufficient number of suitable students, so as to maintain a proper proportion of qualified nursing staff. Unless means to this end are found the Council feels it is certain that the standard of nursing will decline.

From the Health Service Journal, 28 July 1994

Columnist Michael White on the latest reshuffle: Wrong again, I hear you murmur as you buckle down to another year or three of Virginia Bottomley in charge at the Department of Health. I did rather assume that John Major would move her on after a fiveyear stint in which she had made herself memorably unpopular.

Indeed, I had notes prepared for her DoH obituary, notes based on uncharacteristically revealing remarks she made recently...where she explained that 'the job of the health secretary, to some extent, is to be the punch bag for the health service'.

Colonel Ginny is still in the trenches but is no longer supported by Major Mawhinney as her Number Two. Thrown in at the deep end, in his first ministerial post, comes Captain Gerry Malone.

'What's he know about 'ealth?' one of my blunter colleagues asked the Downing Street briefer.

'He's very interested in the subject and his wife's a doctor, ' replied Mr Smooth.