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Major football tournament cuts hospital attendance: Research on the effect of last year's World Cup on attendance at oral and maxillofacial clinics at two London hospitals shows that it fell by 14% throughout the tournament and more than halved (by 55%) on key match days, as a result of people not turning up to routine appointments (British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery doi: 10.1016/j.bjoms.2007.07.165).
Trust in infection row gets funds for deep clean: The NHS trust at the centre of an investigation over deaths caused by Clostridium difficile (BMJ 2007;335:790 doi: 10.1136/bmj.39367.650266.DB) is the first to get funding for deep cleaning, under plans announced last month by health secretary Alan Johnson to drive down nosocomial infections in the NHS. Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is also to get a new £228m (€330m; $475m) hospital. Construction of the facility, which will be the first in England to have only single rooms, will start early next year.
English are happy with smoke-free law: Three months after legislation banning smoking in workplaces and public places in England, a Department of Health survey shows that not having to breathe other people's smoke and a better atmosphere in public venues are the benefits the public most enjoys. Almost half of the smokers surveyed said they supported the law.
Heavier workloads affect morale of NHS staff: A survey of just under
25000 NHS staff found that 84% said that their workload had grown over the past year, with 45% citing recruitment freezes and redundancies as the cause. Nearly two thirds (61%) reported worsening motivation and morale, and 60% said they had thought about leaving their job. (See www.incomesdata.co.uk.)
New research programme is given go ahead: A new UK clinical research programme, designed to hasten the translation of research results into effective treatments for patients, will begin in April 2008. The efficacy and mechanism evaluation (EME) programme, to be funded by the Medical Research Council and run by the National Institute for Health Research, is keen to attract research that boosts our understanding of behavioural or biological processes or that tests out new methodological approaches. (See www.nihr.ac.uk.)