Archives for July 7th, 2000

MORE POWER TO THE PATIENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 7 July, 2000

The patient should have a much stronger role in the way the medical profession is regulated, according to a report published by the King’s Fund. ‘Medical Regulation and Public Trust’ argues that the Government and the medical profession will have to open up regulatory systems to citizens or risk losing public confidence.The report shows that the issue of public confidence is not restricted to the UK. Other countries have also traditionally left medical regulation up to professional bodies. This is because public demand for health care has always exceeded what health professionals can provide, giving them the freedom to set their own systems of education and regulation.

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INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR EDUCATION REFORMS

Headlines, PublicNet: 7 July, 2000

The National Literacy and Numeracy Strategies, which are key elements of the education reforms, have been described as one of the most comprehensive education reform programmes in the world. The report was written by a research team from the University of Toronto and is the first of a series of annual evaluations to monitor the progress of the strategies.The researchers found the government’s focus on education has been widely accepted and endorsed by both the public and teachers. The Literacy Hour and the daily maths lesson have gained widespread support. In comparison with other efforts at large scale reform across developed nations, the strategies are amongst the most comprehensive and fully developed.

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