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The electorate cares about healthcare, and the main political parties always give the subject a good airing at their annual conferences (see 'Conference talk'). However, much of the media's coverage of health has, once again, focused on the implications of the much publicised deaths of children undergoing paediatric surgery in Bristol. The affair has highlighted the need for sound procedures to ensure that clinical standards are maintained throughout the country. Next month's issue of Health Insight will include a feature-length article examining the whole question of 'clinical governance' in greater depth. The attention given to the Bristol case, not to mention the long-running BSE affair, tends to obscure the fact that the UK very often leads the way in healthcare - see our stories on evidence-based medicine and diabetes care. A number of other new initiative are also on the way - see for example our story on the launch of the new information strategy for the NHS, which will also be the subject of a Health Insight feature article in a future issue.

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