Archives for June 17th, 1999

BETTER DEAL FOR OLDER PEOPLE

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 June, 1999

The population of the UK is ageing and the number of people over 50 has doubled this century. Strategies for responding to this situation are being developed as part of the Better Government for Older People Programme. Ministers are now engaged in a series of events to find out concerns directly from older people. The events are arranged jointly with voluntary bodies and will continue until November.

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HEALTHCARE MEASUREMENT CONTROVERSY

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 June, 1999

Publication of healthcare performance information has been overshadowed by claims of unreliable data. The Clinical and High Level Performance indicators for 1997/98, provide a baseline for measuring quality improvements in patient care. For the first time, patient death rates have been published. They show that 2,253 people per 100,000 die within 30 days of surgery following an emergency admission. There are wide variations from this figure. The High Level Indicators are based on 47 lower levels of performance measurement.

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REINVENTING GOVERNMENT IN THE INFORMATION AGE

Book News, PublicNet: 17 June, 1999

Richard Heeks (ed.)

Do you want to know how information technology will and won’t help reform the public sector? Then look no further.

This new book presents a contemporary and international review of information age reform in government and public sector organisations. Chapters identifying successful and unsuccessful management approaches are complemented by a dozen case studies from the US, UK, mainland Europe, and developing countries. The book provides both practical guidance and analytical insights for practitioners, researchers and students. It includes an educators’ guide to using the cases in student classes.

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