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Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 11/08/2010 - 14:29

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Scotland sticks to five days’ pre-release access

The Scottish Government has flatly rejected any change in pre-release access to statistics, describing the arguments of the UK Statistics Authority in favour of such a change as specious.

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 04/08/2010 - 08:29

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Dead or Alive? How the coronial system causes delay

How many deaths occurred in England and Wales last week? We don’t know the answer, and that’s understandable.

Sheila Bird :: Tue, 20/07/2010 - 13:12

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Prisoner escorts in Scotland: getting better value

The Scottish Government is currently considering tenders for a seven-year contract to transport prisoners around Scotland.

Hamish Birchall :: Wed, 03/03/2010 - 11:45

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Public Health shock: Scots match English for healthy life expectancy

What would it take to narrow the gap in life expectancy between Scotland and England? A revolution in Scottish eating habits, most experts might say.

Nigel Hawkes :: Mon, 22/02/2010 - 14:07

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Obesity claims inflated again

Slimming World warned last week that people in the East Midlands are the fattest in the UK, while those in London are the slimmest. None are exactly svelte, mind.

Sheila Bird :: Mon, 08/02/2010 - 14:22

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Ten years and too few answers later ...

Ten years ago, the Home Affairs Committee’s Special Report on Drugs and Prisons made a series of recommendations that are still being ignored by the Ministry of Justice.

Sheila Bird :: Wed, 20/01/2010 - 10:53

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Nuff said? The Nuffield Trust on healthcare comparisons across the UK

Reservations on today’s report by Nuffield Trust which compares funding and healthcare performance across the UK centre on: Rurality (which not even comparison between Scotland and North East England redresses), Reporting standards, Right measures, Responsiveness, and Repeat attendances.

Nigel Hawkes :: Fri, 27/11/2009 - 10:24

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H1N1 deaths: why is England the odd one out?

The latest figures for deaths from H1N1 flu, published by the Health Protection Agency for week 48, raise an interesting question. 

Sheila Bird :: Wed, 30/09/2009 - 10:56

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Missing swine flu data for patients admitted to hospital

Cases of H1N1 have been creeping up again, with Scotland - where children went back to school several weeks earlier - leading the way. 

Sheila Bird :: Fri, 14/08/2009 - 10:46

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Monitoring hidden deaths from swine flu

How can we monitor deaths from swine flu, in cases where the cause may not be immediately identified? This note suggests how it might be done.