Health union MSF - and its community health workers' arm, the CPHVA - have met Welsh Assembly health secretary Jane Hutt to lobby her on the concerns of NHS workers in Wales. Top of the union agenda was pay, which MSF claims has 'fallen below the level of Sainsbury's check-out staff' in recent years.
Health minister Baroness Hayman has launched a further extension of the NHS Direct nurse-led telephone advice line. She visited the new call centre at Two Shires Ambulance trust in Milton Keynes to announce the move, which will extend coverage to 60 per cent of the country by December. Four new sites are being set up and extensions are being made to five existing sites.
Children with drug problems should not be treated in services designed for adults, according to guidelines issued by the Standing Conference on Drug Abuse and the Children's Legal Centre. The guidelines say young people should have a four-tier range of drug services to meet their needs, starting with drug education and moving up to specialist forms of intervention.
Young Children and Drugs: policy guidance for drug interventions. SCODA, 32-36 Loman Street, London SE1 0EE.£10 plus p&p, discount for SCODA members.
The Royal National Institute for the Blind is campaigning for reform of copyright laws to speed up the conversion of printed material into braille or audio-tape. A report issued by the charity this week says students have failed courses because of delays in obtaining copyright permission for braille or audio versions of course material.
Copyright Campaign Report: a right to read. RNIB Customer Services. 0345- 023153.£5.
Margaret Stockham, chief executive of Bedford primary care group, won the HSJ-Sanyo competition at the NHS Confederation's annual conference last month. She receives a Sanyo Digicam camera worth£400.