Gordon Brown has put patient safety at the top of the government's priorities for the acute sector, promising stronger rules on hospital cleanliness.

Improving the morale of staff is not the first aim of Lord Darzi's review of the future of the NHS, health secretary Alan Johnson has admitted - but 'buy-in' by employees will be essential to its success.

The Department of Health has been found to have failed in its race equality duties and accused of being 'obstructive' to a Commission for Racial Equality probe.


Sustaining the strides made in NHS patient engagement will rely on clinicians and managers embracing change, says Stephen Thornton

Noel Plumridge argues that healthcare providers have important lessons to learn from other sectors, including Northern Rock's recent struggles.


Every year on the party conference circuit, the key debates around health happen at the Health Hotel. HSJ looks at this season's big issues.

Patient choice is here to stay. But more needs to be learned about who wants it and why, say Martin Roland and Marianna Fotaki.

A redesign of the mental health support worker role values personal experience and diversity. Siobhan Chadwick and Alison James describe the development.