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

Published: 12/08/2004, Volume II4, No. 5918 Page

From the Poor Law Officers' Journal , 12 August 1904

A question regarding the corporal punishment of a child: B is Foster Mother at a Boy's Home, and would be glad to know by whom corporal punishment should be administered to a child - by the Superintendent or the Foster Mother?

From Anxious

Answer: No corporal punishment can be inflicted on any female child.

Apart from any special order of the Local Government Board or regulation of the Board of Guardians, it appears to us that any corporal punishment inflicted on a male child should be inflicted by the Superintendent and not the Foster Mother.

From the Hospital and Social Service Journal, 13 August 1954

Presciently, a US doctor tells his British counterparts that a distinction can be drawn 'between the acute and chronic sick', and he argues that there are situations where 'a patient need not be brought to hospital and when the hospital could be taken to the patient'.

Dr EM Bluestone, director of Montefiore Hospital, New York, argues that patients should be kept in their own homes as long as possible.

He says that a hospital bed 'is the best thing for a patient who needs it, but the worst thing for one who did not'.

From the Health Service Journal, 11 August 1994

Twenty-five years after the outbreak of the 'troubles', only 1 per cent of Northern Ireland's NHS workload is linked to sectarian violence, an analysis of the province's health service reveals.

The four integrated health and social services boards, introduced in Northern Ireland in 1973 - which grew out of local government reorganisation, which in turn developed from the troubles - are regarded as a success by workers in the health service.