Archives for November 26th, 1998

MANDELSON HEADS THE US CHARGE

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 November, 1998

The importance of working smarter, not just harder, has been underlined by the Trade Secretary’s launch of a new programme to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who have innovative products or services to sell to the US market.Export USA aims to equip companies with the skills – particularly in the field of marketing – to enable them to succeed in the US. Those companies accepted on the programme will be offered mentoring from a named DTI officer based in the USA, a tailored marketing course at a university business school looking specifically at working the US market and a visit to a relevant US trade fair or conference.

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GOVERNMENT WARNED OVER HEALTH IT

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 November, 1998

The Government’s drive towards hi-tech, high quality National Health Service risks failure unless lessons are learned from mistakes of the Conservative era, according to a new report from the Institute for Public Policy Research.According to the report, the Conservative Government’s IT strategy failed because it was technology rather than problem driven and because it was dictated by the administrative needs of the internal market. It failed to take account of safety and privacy issues, and it excluded clinicians and other users from a role in IT development.

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TRUST AND CONTRACTS – RELATIONSHIPS IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT, HEALTH SERVICE AND PUBLIC SERVICES

Book News, PublicNet: 26 November, 1998

Andrew CoulsonThis is a book about trust – in public services, in military leaders, in politicians – between regulators and those they regulate. It sets out to stimulate creative thought and aims to influence managers, not in the sense that they trust regardless, but as an incentive to examine their practice, and that of their organisations, to see how trust might lead to more efficiency and to a greater involvement of ordinary citizens in the services they use.

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