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2008-09-28 18:00:32

By GEORGE TYNDALE HOSPITAL patients are to be told that they must tell doctors and nurses to wash their hands to reduce the risk of superbugs. This directive from our Health Secretary, Alan Johnson, is of course laughable. Does Mr Johnson really believe that the sick, the vulnerable and the old are actually in a position to raise themselves from their drug-induced drowsiness to demand: "You're not touching me 'til you've scrubbed up properly, matey boy!' And what about the...

2008-08-24 18:00:25

Our story last week about the DIY revolution by fed-up nurses who have improved efficiency in their hospitals won widespread support... WELL DONE to the nurses - and well done to Health Secretary Alan Johnson for finding pounds 50million to help the rest of the NHS follow suit. If this works out, then the NHS won't be the money drain it has been accused of being in the past. Jack Amer, Great Yarmouth, PAPERWORK overtaking hands-on care was costing lives, so I'm glad the healthcare...

2008-08-14 09:00:45

Drama, starring Don Cheadle as successful but unhappy dentist Alan Johnson who is unexpectedly reunited with old friend Charlie Fineman (Adam Sandler). Charlie lost his wife and children in the September 11 attacks. Alan takes it upon himself to rekindle their friendship and help him come to terms with his loss. (c) 2008 Evening Gazette - Middlesbrough. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-08-01 18:00:35

HEALTH minister Alan Johnson visited Liverpool yesterday to open the redeveloped Broadgreen and Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospitals' site. He unveiled a plaque to officially open the pounds 84m development, which includes an urology outpatients centre, an orthopaedic operating theatre, referred to as a barn theatre due to its size, and an ear, nose and throat ward. For the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, the redevelopment has provided a 40-bed critical care area, a new 28-bed acute...

2008-07-24 00:00:47

HEALTH Secretary Alan Johnson yesterday signalled the final nail in the coffin for the battle to prevent a massive overhaul of maternity services across vast swathes of Yorkshire. Mr Johnson, the Labour MP for West Hull and Hessle, announced he had backed an independent report by an NHS watchdog which had already supported the changes to the key services at three Yorkshire community hospitals. Campaigners had staged a vociferous fight to allow expectant mothers in Whitby, Bridlington, and...

2008-07-15 12:01:00

By -- Alan Johnson, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Jul. 15--A dispute about a preapproval requirement for a handful of expensive drugs used to treat serious mental illnesses boiled over to the legislature yesterday. State Rep. Lynn R. Wachtmann, R-Napoleon, chairman of the House Health Committee, and Sen. Kevin J. Coughlin, R-Cuyahoga Falls, head of the Senate Health, Human Services and Aging Committee, sent Gov. Ted Strickland a letter asking him to "abandon plans to limit access to...

2008-06-25 18:00:00

By Alison Dayani BIRMINGHAM health watchdogs today attacked Health Secretary Alan Johnson's controversial polyclinics plan for city GPs, telling him that a loophole could end up wasting vast amounts of taxpayers' money. Coun Deirdre Alden, who chairs Birmingham's health scrutiny committee, wrote on behalf of members to Mr Johnson, saying the tendering process to create 17 new GP-led health centres was riddled with problems. The committee has concerns that existing GP practices, some...

2008-06-24 18:01:40

By John Rentoul Old Labour practices live on in the cruel rule that prevents NHS patients paying for extra cancer treatment Once upon a time, at the very beginning of New Labour, before it was even called New Labour, Neil Kinnock made the speech of his life that would change politics. He spoke of impossible promises - he meant those of the Trotskyist left, but he could have been talking of any utopianism. "They are then pickled into a rigid dogma, a code, and you go through the years...

2008-06-20 09:00:56

By Robert Merrick THE Health Secretary launched an attack on the region's family doctors, accusing them of talking "nonsense" about his controversial plans for polyclinics. Alan Johnson brandished a leaflet distributed by Teesside GPs to their patients - entitled Save Our Surgeries - as he denounced its "unsubstantiated claims" in the Commons chamber. The attack - in which the GPs were also accused of "hysteria" - marked a further escalation in the bitter war of words over the proposals...


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