Better out-of-hours care for children

Regarding your recent article (Paediatricians say hospital childcare must be reformed, 12 April), it is possible to reorganise to ensure that consultant staff are available to see sick children out of hours. The Royal Free London Foundation NHS Trust has been providing a resident consultant paediatrician service 24 hours a day, seven days a week […]


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Letters: Community care is no panacea for the NHS

Dr Michael Dixon is quite right to say that we need to invest more in preventive medicine, better care of people with long-term conditions and access to support services outside hospital (Hospitals must shrink or shut, doctors warn, 8 April). And that we need an honest public dialogue about hospital reconfiguration. However, it would be […]


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Letters: Victims and the public must face down Cameron

Lord Justice Leveson has rightly ignored the special pleading cacophony of some newspaper editors and owners and listened to wiser expert ears (Report, 30 November). Freedom of expression is the most precious of our democratic freedoms but it is not intended to underpin the power of large media corporations to character assassinate innocent individuals in […]


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West Sussex council awards outsourcing deal to Capita

Local authority awards firm £154m contract for telecommunications and pensions administration services West Sussex county council has awarded Capita a 10-year deal for the outsourcing of various support services, including telecommunications and pension fund administration, worth £154m. According to a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union, Capita, which was named as the […]


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Letters: Harsh lessons for the coalition

There are many things to fault in Nick Clegg’s attempt to excuse the abysmal outcome for the coalition in last week’s council elections (The centre will hold, 7 May). Here is just one: Clegg’s repetition of the tired old coalition mantra that they are sorting out “Labour’s mess”. In recent months, the coalition had cut down […]


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Patients with rare illnesses ‘losing out’ in NHS drug allocation lottery

Health experts fear new national framework governing allocation of drugs could hit some more than others People with rare diseases are failing to receive vital medical treatment because their illnesses are not recognised in guidelines that govern the distribution of NHS-approved drugs. Health experts who fear that a new framework governing drug allocation that comes […]


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Letters: Corporate capture of the NHS prize

The Guardian has consistently exposed the flaws in Andrew Lansley’s NHS reforms, never better than today. Polly Toynbee (Sorry, Shirley, but I have to nail your health bill myths, 13 March) delivers a telling riposte to Shirley Williams – a great lady who shamed Nick Clegg’s careless endorsement of the “emperor’s new clothes” and the […]


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Hedging on roads: councils bet on icy weather

The soaring cost of gritting roads is forcing local authorities to gamble on weather derivatives As Britain prepares this weekend for a Siberian blast, councils across the country will be anxiously checking their betting slips. The increasing cost of keeping roads open during harsh winter weather has forced councils to make spread bets to offset […]


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Letters: Labour’s lack of alternative vision

In his interview with your paper on Saturday, Ed Balls effectively holds up a white flag and admits that Labour has given up any attempt to set out an alternative economic agenda (Beyond the hair shirt: Labour party can give Britain the tough love it needs, insists Balls, 14 January). His capitulation before the Tory-led […]


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