Health secretary Frank Dobson has announced a 'cross-government drive' involving the home secretary, lord chancellor and attorney general to reduce violence against NHS staff. National guidelines on preventing assaults, and prosecuting and sentencing offenders are planned.
The Quality Protects programme, designed to help local authorities improve provision of high-quality social services for children, has started with the approval of 150 management action plans by junior health minister John Hutton. A national review picking out key features of the plans will be published this summer.
Mind has formally complained to the controller of Channel 4 about the title of a TV drama to be screened in May. Head of media relations Sue Baker says calling the programme Psychos will fuel abuse of people with mental health problems. Channel 4 has told Mind that the title refers to psychiatrists, not patients.
The Relatives Association has changed its name to the Relatives and Residents Association to 'make clear that resident involvement in the association is welcome'.
HSJ jumped the gun last week by reporting that another10 private finance initiative schemes had been given outline approval by the Department of Health (news, page 3). Ten schemes have been submitted for inclusion in a third wave of major PFI approvals. Apologies to managers misled into celebrating prematurely.
The trust formed in a three-way merger between Kent and Canterbury Hospitals trust, Thanet Healthcare trust and South Kent Hospitals trust is not being led by two chief executives (news, page 5, 15 April). It has one acting chief executive, David Loasby, who led the merger project but describes himself as 'substantively chief executive of Kettering General Hospital trust.'