Archives for March 15th, 1999

WHITEHALL EFFICIENCY GOES UP

Headlines, PublicNet: 15 March, 1999

Energy efficiency in Whitehall has been boosted with a new environmentally friendly heating system. 23 government buildings, including Downing Street, get their heat from a community heating scheme. Meters in each building are used to calculate charges. Four new high pressure boilers have been installed in the original boiler room 17 metres below ground level. The exhaust gasses from the boilers are discharged to a waste heat boiler to reduce pollution.

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EDUCATION PRFORMANCE GAP WIDENS

Headlines, PublicNet: 15 March, 1999

The gap between the better performing local education authorities and their schools, and the poorest performmers, is widening. Local Authority Performance Indicators 1997/98 published by the Audit Commission show that some of the poorest performing councils turned in worse results than the previous year. The overall performance improved slightly.

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AN INTERNATIONAL COMPARISON OF HOSPITAL EFFICIENCY

Abstracts, PublicNet: 15 March, 1999

Morley L R, Magnussen J
Applied Economics, (UK), Aug 1998 Vol 30 No 8
Start page: 1089. No of pages: 12

Compares public and private hospitals to find out if ownership has any influence on efficiency. Looks at the Norwegian public system and the Californian private system, where there are similar states of health but very different financing patterns. Tests whether competition forces a convergence between the behaviour of private and public hospitals, or whether market failure means private hospitals are inefficient. Looks at number of beds, medical hours worked and case mix, using data envelopment analysis on one fiscal year’s results (1991 in California, 1993 in Norway) for Norwegian public hospitals, Californian non-profit urban and rural, and Californian for-profit hospitals. Finds that Norwegian hospitals utilize capital better and have higher scale efficiency. Warns that varying the case-mix can lead to different results. Concludes that high US health costs are partly due to economic waste.

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