Archives for February 28th, 2000

TASK FORCE TO DRIVE COUNCIL CULTURE CHANGE

Headlines, PublicNet: 28 February, 2000

Construction procurement by local councils has come into the frame for modernisation. Because modern approaches to this form of procurement are a key to achieving Best Value a ‘Rethink Construction’ initiative was launched last year.Councils have put forward 70 projects to show how the new thinking works in practice. Because of the many and varied constraints and the major changes to culture needed before new systems can be adopted, progress is very slow. Making the demonstration projects available for inspection is unlikely to change many minds because adoption of the new approach requires a radical change in the corporate organisation .

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HEALTH AUTHORITIES RAPPED FOR FAILING TO SUPPORT PRIMARY CARE

Headlines, PublicNet: 28 February, 2000

Health Minister John Denham has criticised Health Authorities for failing to support Primary Care Groups. The 400 Groups were launched in April 1999 and given the task of integrating existing arrangements and developing new ways of providing primary care for their communities.While many of the Groups have been empowered by their Health Authority to deliver more accessible and convenient local health services, others have been restrained and starved of cash. A briefing paper published recently by the Audit Commission described how many Groups have been held back by limited resources and poor access to data. The scale of the disparity of treatment can be judged from the management budgets allocated to Groups which range from 1 pound 51p. per head to 7 pounds 10p. per head.

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CIVIL SERVICE REFORM IN CHINA

Abstracts, PublicNet: 28 February, 2000

Tong C H, Straussman J D, Broadnax W DPublic Administration and Development, (UK), Vol 19 No 2

Start page: 193. No of pages: 14

Discusses attempts by the People’s Republic of China to reform its civil service along the lines of the Western civil service model contained in the Provisional Regulations on State Civil Servants signed in 1993. Describes the old cadre system and its defects; outlines the objectives of reform – the establishment of a professional administrative corps, a merit-based performance evaluation system, open and fair competition in recruitment and promotion and a system based on the ‘rule of law’ rather than the ‘rule of man’. Considers the challenges facing implementation of the reform, for example, the necessity to balance the Communist Party’s prerogatives with administrative autonomy, the measurement and evaluation of performance, the transformation of administrative culture which requires a change in people’s attitudes, beliefs and behaviour, and balancing the requirement for uniformity with a wide diversity of regional circumstances. Sets out the implications of reform and offers case study examples of reform in practice.

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