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Issue : 20 May 2008

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  • Mark Radcliffe: ‘Choice means business interests replace principles’Subscription

    Opinion21 May, 2008

    One of the annoying things about getting older is hair growing in your ears. For us boys, ear hair and its annoying cousin, nose hair, are a challenge. I wonder if there are some hair follicles resting just behind the temple that are activated on our 40th birthday just to annoy us, which grow from both ends toward the light. Quickly.

  • Home diagnosis can be bad for your healthSubscription

    Opinion21 May, 2008

    Prevention is better than cure. It is preferable to visit a dentist before you get toothache rather than wait until you can drive a lorry through the offending cavity.

  • ‘We have lost our respect’Subscription

    Opinion21 May, 2008

    Old-fashioned values appear to have gone the way of all flesh. My elderly patients constantly bemoan the way times have changed. The change in dress code, hair length and loss of formality are regular causes for complaint.

  • Corporate manslaughter?Subscription

    Opinion21 May, 2008

    A patient dies following surgery where the left rather than the right kidney was removed. Could the NHS trust face prosecution for corporate manslaughter?

  • Wider concepts keep learning interestingSubscription

    News21 May, 2008

    I suppose everyone sees nurse training in their own way. I like to think of it as consisting of two lines of activity. The first is practical – the acquisition of skills. The second is educational – the grasp of concepts.

  • Rob Harteveldt: ‘Sponging health tourists should be sent packing’Subscription

    Opinion21 May, 2008

    My partner and I, as two hard-working NHS employees, have finally achieved the impossible – not only have we both got two weeks off in the summer months, we’ve got them off at the same time.

  • ‘I’m proud of speaking out’Subscription

    News20 May, 2008

    The state of school nursing was thrust into the national spotlight when Sue Greenwood told former health secretary Patricia Hewitt she was responsible for 9,000 children. She tells Clare Lomas how what she describes as a ‘little comment’ led to big changes.

  • HCAs in nursing- What role should they play?Subscription

    Opinion20 May, 2008

    As HCAs take on more tasks, Victoria Hoban looks at their developing status in the health service

  • Dementia care given a low prioritySubscription

    News20 May, 2008

    Older people in the final stages of dementia deserve the same access to palliative care as people with cancer, UK nurse researchers have said.

  • Having a positive view may help whiplash recoverySubscription

    News20 May, 2008

    A patient's attitude to whiplash injury is key to their making a full recovery.

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