Published: 16/01/2003, Volume II3, No. 5838 Page 6

Dr Paul Miller, new chair of the British Medical Association's consultants committee, says that early analysis of a poll of 9,000 NHS consultants reveals that their goodwill is 'ebbing away' because of 'relentless pressure to take on more and more work'.The BMA will publish full details of the poll next month.

The government should make explicit the healthcare services to which people are entitled in order to consolidate the reforms in the NHS plan, according to Completing the Course: health to 2010, a report published by the Fabian Society.

www. fabian-society. org. uk

The Respiratory Alliance, an umbrella group of doctors and patients, this week published a 'shadow'national service framework for respiratory disease and warned that primary care trusts which concentrate too much on high-level NHS priorities will mean patients with 'nonpriority diseases' lose out.

www. brit-thoracic. org. uk

Welsh health minister Jane Hutt says the first year of a GP recruitment scheme offering a£5,000 'golden hello'has been a resounding success, with 100 new GPs recruited in the year to September 2002.And 400 GPs have taken advantage of a 'golden thanks' scheme offering GPs aged from 55-64£1,000 a year for every year they stay on rather than retiring.

The Medicines Control Agency needs to do more to improve the quality of information and advice provided to the public and ensure that messages about suspected adverse reactions to drugs get through to clinicians and others, according to a report from the National Audit Office.On Thursday 30 January HSJ will be holding a conference in London on Improving Patient Safety, with chief medical officer Professor Sir Liam Donaldson as keynote speaker.

www. hsj. co. uk/patientsafety www. nao. gov. uk