Archives for October 28th, 1999

BURGLARY BLACKSPOTS TARGETED

Headlines, PublicNet: 28 October, 1999

More funds are to be made available from the 250m pound Crime Reduction Programme Budget to tackle burglary blackspots. Some 60 projects have already been launched under the Burglary Reduction Initiative to find innovative ways to defeat burglars.Crime reduction partnerships of police, local councils and voluntary and community bodies are being offered funds to mount a new phase of projects. The amount of funds available will depend on the number of burglaries in the last three years multiplied by 100 pounds. It is planned to fund about 200 projects which will start in March 2000.

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WORLD-WIDE SEARCH FOR BETTER WAYS TO IMPLMENT IT

Headlines, PublicNet: 28 October, 1999

In a move to improve the Government’s poor track record in implementing IT, a world-wide search has been launched to find out how others do it better. Recent problems with the implementation of a new IT system for the Passport Office is the latest in a long line of projects to go severely wrong and to cause acute embarrassment. Leaks suggesting that the cost of the debacle will be borne by the public in higher passport charges has brought anger and demands for better project delivery.The search for best practice is being carried out by a team in the Central IT Unit of the Cabinet Office. It is led by Ann Steward, Deputy Director, who is seconded to the Cabinet Office from the Australian Federal Government’s ‘Office of Government Online’.

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TRANSFORMING PRIMARY CARE

Book News, PublicNet: 28 October, 1999

Richard Lewis and Steve GillamThe days of a single national contract for general practitioners are over. Personal medical service pilot projects are bringing forward new forms of primary care that may overcome the weaknesses of the single national contract. Initiatives such as nurse- led practices and salaried GP schemes mean that the needs of people who often miss out on traditional primary care arrangements will now be met. The book examines how local contracting is beginning to work. It shows that many pilot projects are changing traditional relationships in primary care. NHS Trusts can improve planning for local needs and overcome the obstacles of the single national contract.

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