New legislation to enable hospitals to recover more effectively the treatment costs of road traffic accident victims came into effect last week. Health minister John Denham claimed it would result in a £100m a year boost to the NHS.

Scottish health minister Sam Galbraith has announced an extra£4.2m to end mixed-sex wards. The money will be paid to trusts over the next three years from the government's modernisation fund. Scottish hospitals already guarantee beds on a single-sex ward to 90 per cent of inpatients.

The World Health Organisation has published a new book for policy makers and mental health professionals on the prevention of selected common mental disorders, including 'burnout' of healthcare staff.

Primary Prevention of Mental, Neurological and Psychosocial Disorders. E-mail: ipa.enquiries

@theso.co.uk

Unison has launched an interactive CD-ROM on health and safety in the workplace. It covers hazards in the workplace, taking action to maintain a healthy workplace and checklists on appropriate references and resources.

www.riskwise.co.uk

The NHS is wasting the money it spends on information technology by failing to give users adequate training, according to a survey by training provider In Tuition. It found that 65 per cent of the 89 trusts surveyed depended on a single in-house trainer for up to 1,500 users. This resulted in high numbers of support calls to IT staff and low awareness of system capabilities.

Elderly and disabled people needing long-term care feel that health, housing and social services often fail to help them live independently, according to a King's Fund study. It calls for the government's promised charter to state clearly the principles that will underpin long-term care.

A New Era for Community Care? King's Fund bookshop 0171-307 2591.£4 95.