Acute trust boards are not taking enough responsibility for controlling infection in their hospitals, the healthcare watchdog has warned. Spot checks on 43 hospitals by the Healthcare Commission have revealed concerns that boards are not regularly discussing opportunities for improvement or ensuring infection control data is analysed effectively.

The Conservatives have fired their salvo in the battle to prove they are the party that can deliver a patient-centred NHS.

Lord Darzi will today tell the NHS that it has to make fundamental changes to the way it operates. In his interim report on the future of the health service, the surgeon and junior health minister will say his review is a once-in-a-generation chance to renew the vision for the NHS in the 21st century.


What is the best way to manage a less than perfect leader? Malcolm Lowe-Lauri offers some suggestions.

Few words are more bandied around than the b-word - bullying. But what is really meant by it? What should you do if you are on the receiving end of such an accusation? Jenny Rogers explains.


When clinicians were asked to design their ideal service, common design rules quickly emerged. As Nigel Edwards and William Dunlop explain, these closely matched the views of patients.

The hospice movement has made major advances in end-of-life care but more change is needed. With a government advisory group due to report, Mark Gould looks at the issues.

Stockport primary care trust has pioneered a model for assuring quality of provider services. Rebekah Cresswell explains.