Nine out of 10 NHS organisations are making satisfactory progress in dealing with the year 2000 computer bug, NHS chief executive Sir Alan Langlands claimed this week. He said an NHS Executive survey 'reveals the NHS is much further on in responding to this problem than recent reports by the National Audit Office and Audit Commission suggested'.

Medical colleagues 'usually know when a doctor's practice is going seriously wrong', General Medical Council president Sir Donald Irvine concedes in a booklet to be sent by the GMC to all doctors and trust chief executives. The booklet comes in the wake of the Bristol baby deaths case.

Maintaining Good Medical Practice, GMC hotline, 0171-915 3507. Free.

More than two-thirds of a sample of emergency services staff on long- term sick leave have a drink problem, a survey by Professor Pamela Taylor and Suzanne Rose of London University reveals. Employers may not recognise the problem, suggests the study, published in the Institute of Psychiatrists' Psychiatric Bulletin.

Health professionals need to take a proactive approach in dealing with domestic violence. 'Victims' often suffer extreme physical and psychological injuries, and the cost of treating and supporting them runs to millions of pounds, says a report from the British Medical Association.

Domestic Violence: a health care issue? BMJ Bookshop. 0171-383 6245. pounds 12.95.

Building work on the new Norfolk and Norwich Hospital is already running three weeks ahead of schedule, health minister Alan Milburn said. Construction is due to end in January 2002.

GPs face increasing strain with fewer than one in five saying they had enough time to keep up with medical developments, according to a survey revealed in a book published today.

Envy of the World. Central Books, 0181-986 5488. pounds 9.95, plus pounds 1.20 p&p.