Archives for November 1st, 1999

WALL TO WALL IT SYSTEM FOR DISPUTE FREE IMPLEMENTATION

Headlines, PublicNet: 1 November, 1999

Leicestershire and Lincolnshire Health Authorities are connecting 250 doctors’ surgeries and clinics to a network that will link to the national NHSNet. Cable and Wireless was chosen to supply the network because they have two framework contracts with the NHS covering all the services required. The framework contracts allowed them to offer a fast, one month procurement route, compared to the usual twelve months and a one stop shop. By opting for the wall to wall service the Authorities have eliminated the multiple supper cycle of blame which causes extreme problems when things go wrong.The .6m pound project will allow GPs to share patient information , including test results and x-rays and check appointments and budgets with colleagues in hospitals. The aim is to take paperwork out of the system and speed up processes. The time taken to get pathology results back to patients will be halved and because the information will be in an e-mail the handling time spent by the doctor and the receptionist will be reduced. E-mail will also cutthe time now spent in unsuccessful attempts to contact colleagues by telephone. GPs will also have instant access to clinical databases to keep their medical knowledge up to date.

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NHS GETS AN OFSTED LOOK -A-LIKE

Headlines, PublicNet: 1 November, 1999

The NHS has avoided independent scrutiny of its clinical activities since it was founded 50 years ago. It is now falling into line with all other public services with the launch of the Commission for Health Improvement, which has a similar appearance to OFSTED, the schools inspectorate. Chaired by Dame Derdrie Hine and Directed by Peter Homa, former leader of the Hospital Waiting List Task Force, the Commission will examine the quality of care from the patients’ point of view.The initial programme requires that all hospitals, community health trusts, health authorities and primary care groups will be inspected in the next four years. Cancer is a top priority area and a report is due early in 2001.

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THE UK PASSPORT AGENCY

Book News, PublicNet: 1 November, 1999

Report by the Comptroller and Auditor GeneralDelays in issuing passports earlier this year led to much anxiety and inconvenience for members of the public hoping to travel. By June, the Passport Agency had around 565,000 applications awaiting processing. The initial cause of delay was the introduction from October 1998 of a new passport processing system to replace an ageing computer system. Siemens Business Services is responsible for providing the new system.

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