Summary care records
NHS Connecting for Health has produced a film on the progress of the summary care record pilots. It also addresses concerns over security after the loss of the medical records of 168,000 patients by nine NHS trusts last year. Watch the film at www.connectingforhealth.nhs.uk.
Darzi's plan at odds with Brown's vision
Campaigners at Keep Our NHS Public believe that health minister Lord Ara Darzi's polyclinic plan is at odds with the prime minister's enthusiasm for competition in the NHS. The group's chairwoman Professor Wendy Savage said: 'We have a health minister producing a major report on how to improve care through better co-operation between NHS bodies, at the same time as the government forges ahead with outdated reforms to introduce more competition' (www.keepournhspublic.com).
DoH investment in drug treatment
Public health minister Dawn Primarolo last week announced a 'major investment' of £398 million in drug treatment services in England. However it is the same amount as last year. A DoH spokeswoman said the cash should go further in 2008/9 because of efficiency savings allowing 'more bang for their buck'. Investment in drug treatment was at an all time high despite the freeze, with 195,000 people receiving treatment in 2006/7, 130 per cent more than in 1998.
Knee injuries are rising
Steve Bollen, president of the British Orthopaedic Sports Trauma Association, studied more than 200 patients with anterior cruciate or medial ligament injuries. He found that the percentage linked to skiing had leapt from 9 per cent in 1994 to 28 per cent in 2004. Mr Bollen said skiers were holidaying without improving fitness first.