Archives for October 29th, 1999

NHS DIRECT STARTING TO JOIN UP

Headlines, PublicNet: 29 October, 1999

The health line which gives round the clock advice on 0845 46 47 is joining up with other services. The nurses who give the advice currently suggest to callers that they should take some action themselves, visit the accident and emergency unit or call their GP. A pilot project has been launched in Chelmsford to give advice and support on social welfare issues. The advice will be provided by the Social Services emergency duty team who will be located with the nurse advisors.The joining-up project will be expanded in March 2000 by linking directly to the local community pharmacy service. This will allow NHS Direct nurses to refer callers directly to their local community pharmacy services for further advice on drugs and medicines. The project is being piloted in conjunction with the National Pharmaceutical Association and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.

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CALL FOR MORE JOINED UP THINKING

Headlines, PublicNet: 29 October, 1999

The Department for the Environment Transport and the Regions has called for more joined up thinking by local councils to stem the growth of difficult to let properties. Unpopular housing has grown over the last three years and there are now some 377,000 dwellings that tenants are reluctant to accept. The greatest concentrations are in the north west, north east, Yorkshire and Humberside.Researchers of the Policy Action Team, following up a Social Exclusion Unit report, found that housing policy decisions were taken on a council area basis, despite the fact that the housing market does not recognise the council boundaries. The team found instances where authorities were releasing greenfield site land for housing in excess of the local need. They did not take into account the housing situation in neighbouring areas. The result was that new housing was in direct competition with old housing.

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