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Will Lansley’s NHS reforms make episodes like the PIP implant scandal more common?

Such is the argument deployed by the editor of the UK’s leading medical journal, Richard Horton, in analysing the implications of both the recent breast implant scare and the Health and Social Care Bill for the NHS.

Horton acknowledges that the specific case of PIP, and the industrial-grade silicone they appear to have used in breast implants, represents clear regulatory failures at the hands of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).  The Health and Social Care Bill has very little to say about how the way in which medical devices are regulated and any changes to the …

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Stinging rebuke for Great Ormond Street’s management in The Lancet

Writing in the latest edition of The Lancet, one of the world’s most respected medical journals, its editor Richard Horton says,

If GOSH’s management team had been in Wigan they would almost certainly have departed by now. Perhaps GOSH is just too important to be seen to fail. Even when a child dies. (The Lancet – free registration required)

The reason for his comment that had it been another hospital, the management team would have been sacked or resigned by now is the criticisms levelled at the hospital not only for its role in the death of Baby Peter but …

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The Orwell Prize for Blogs 2010: open for entries

A  message from the organisers:

The Orwell Prize, Britain’s most prestigious prize for political writing, is inviting entries for a Blog Prize for a second year.

If you’d like to enter, you need to submit 10 URLs you’ve written in 2009. They do not have to be from the same blog, but they should all be written by you – the prize is self-nominating.

The entry form can be found at http://www.theorwellprize.co.uk/blogprize2010.aspx, with full rules and regulations at http://www.theorwellprize.co.uk/the-award/how-to-enter.aspx. The entry deadline is 20th January 2010.

The winner of the prize receives £3,000 and an Orwell Prize plaque. Richard Horton (Jack Night)

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