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

Published: 19/08/2004, Volume II4, No. 5919 Page

From the Poor Law Officers' Journal, 19 August 1904

While considering the building of a Workhouse Chapel, Mr Laver of the South Storeham Board of Guardians did not think an attendance of 16 hours and 23 minutes in three months on the part of the Chaplain - not including Sundays - was sufficient time for the ministration of the sick.

The Rev CE Matthews, in seconding the motion, said he had held services in the dining hall and certainly thought the Guardians ought to provide a better place for worship. If they desired to build a Chapel to accommodate the inmates, then he believed there were people outside who would subscribe to it.

From the Hospital and Social Services Journal , 20 August 1954

Six years of the NHS and still the same outpatient problem. This is the immediate reaction to the recent Ministry of Health memorandum on this much discussed but much less alleviated problem.

In it the Minister calls, as his predecessors have done, for universal and more efficiently run appointments systems, punctuality on the part of both doctor and patient (to eliminate the fault of the former to turn up too late and the latter too early), responsible administration of outpatient arrangements, care in reception, and the development of better hospital public relations.

From the Health Service Journal, 18 August 1994

Health professionals last week backed Labour's calls for a royal commission to unravel the current tangle of responsibilities for continuing care.

The move follows the Department of Health's publication of draft guidelines on long-term health and social care. Critics claim these are vague and fail to end confusion.

Concern remains that the lack of detail will still allow the discharge of patients to private nursing homes where they would have to contribute funds.

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