Briefing

Round-up of news from the professional journals

Talk turns to action

A major campaign aimed at avoiding another winter crisis in the NHS has been
launched by the RCN. Members across the UK are holding meetings this month to
discuss ideas. The campaign is known as the Turning Talk Into Action.

Nursing Standard,
9 May

A woman’s work…

Researchers who want to find out about differences in mortality rates in
women need to consider home lives as well as jobs. Working women in less
advantaged households have a heavier burden of domestic labour.

Health Service Journal
16 May

Cocaine stroke link

The growing pandemic of cocaine use in western society is providing
increasing evidence of its association with intra-cerebral haemorrhage. Andrew
McEvoy and colleagues warn doctors to be alert for drug misuse and an
underlying vascular cause in young patients with haemorrhagic stroke.

British Medical Journal
9 May

Service opens wide

Health authorities have been told to improve access to NHS dentistry. In a
letter to health authorities, Mike Farrar, head of the DoH primary care
division, said, "The Government is committed to restoring access to NHS
dentistry for everyone, regardless of where they live, by September 2001."

Health Service Journal
16 May

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