Daily transcripts of the inquiry into the deaths of children during heart surgery at Bristol Royal Infirmary will be published on a website when hearings begin next year. The site, launched this week, will initially include details of the inquiry's terms of reference and the opening speech by inquiry chair Professor Ian Kennedy.


The World Health Organisation is urging all countries using hepatitis B vaccines to continue doing so after finding no scientific evidence of a link between immunisation and central nervous system diseases. The French health ministry has suspended routine hepatitis B immunisation for teenage school pupils.

Stirling University's dementia services development centre has published a value framework for care, offering a five-point framework from the user's perspective.

The Person, the Community and Dementia: Developing a Value Framework. From DSDC, University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA.9

A consortium of health service unions has launched a 'business case' for job-sharing within the NHS which includes a 'model job share policy.'

The Job Share Guide: a guide to job sharing in the NHS, from Industrial Relations, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, 14 Bedford Row, London, WC1 4ED.

Accident and emergency and intensive care staff are being targeted by the Department of Health in a campaign to increase organ donation. Hospital staff will be encouraged to raise the issue with bereaved relatives.

A report casting doubts over the safety and viability of animal-to-human organ transplants has been published by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection and Compassion in World Farming.

Animal Organs in Humans - Uncalculated Risks and Unanswered Questions, CIWF 01730 264208, 5.