Published: 05/08/2004, Volume II4, No. 5917 Page 8

The NHS Alliance has claimed victory over the government's announcement last week that it will invest an extra£108m in the refurbishment of GP surgeries.The money comes on top of the£1.19bn already put into primary care premises over the next two years.The alliance claims it had told ministers that 'NHS reforms were under threat because of hugely increased revenue costs for premises'.

The Department of Health has published a national plan to ensure that patients get blood transfusions should supplies run short or a national emergency arise.Hospitals have been told to draw up lists of procedures that might be delayed to ensure essential transfusions can continue.

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Regulations governing the use of mobile phones in hospitals have been relaxed by the Department of Health, which announced last week that hospitals should consider designating areas where staff and visitors can use the phones safely.

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The 'extra deaths'of 2,000 people in less than 10 days in last August's heatwave has prompted chief medical officer Professor Sir Liam Donaldson to publish a contingency plan for health and social services to be used in the event of another major heatwave this summer.Those most at risk include the over-75s, babies, children and people suffering from chronic ill health.

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The DoH has launched a consultation paper seeking views on the implementation of expert advice that, under specified conditions, hepatitis B-infected healthcare workers should be allowed to perform exposure-prone procedures while taking oral anti-viral drug therapy.

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