Archives for January 12th, 2000

NHS CONFEDERATION REFLECTS POWER SHIFT

Headlines, PublicNet: 12 January, 2000

Health managers meet today (Wednesday) to change the nature of the NHS Confederation to reflect radical changes in the management of the NHS.Constitutional change will recognise the key management role played by the 13 new pilot primary care trusts (PCTs), announced last week.

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NEW DEAL BUILDS ON WHAT WORKS

Headlines, PublicNet: 12 January, 2000

A new ten-point action plan has been issued by Government to increase the pressure on New Deal to provide results.As with other change projects, the emphasis is on making widespread those initiatives that have been shown to work.

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COMPETITION AND CONTRACTING

Abstracts, PublicNet: 12 January, 2000

Vincent-Jones PPublic Administration, (UK), 1999 Vol 77 No 2

Start page: 273. No of pages: 19

Examines the UK government’s proposed system for the delivery of services run by local government, which is known as Best Value, and which aims to replace the system of compulsory competitive tendering (CCT) with a more flexible system that places a duty on local councils to ensure that high quality services are delivered in the most efficient and effective manner and to work with the voluntary sector, private sector, communities and agencies in delivering these services. Compares the system of Best Value with CCT, the system it replaces, looking at the role of benchmarking, competition and contracting in achieving Best Value. Argues that the structures resulting from Best Value could have significant implications for political accountability within local government, affecting the ability of local government to respond and reflect the needs of local communities. Concludes that while Best Value may be more reflexive than CCT, it does little to reverse the changes in public sector management introduced by the previous Conservative government.

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