Archives for September 20th, 2000

DENTISTRY TO BE MODERNISED

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 September, 2000

NHS dentistry is to face a radical scale and polish in a hundred million-pound investment which the Government says will improve the quality of dental care and empower patients. The package, built out of the NHS Plan, aims to deliver the Prime Minister’s commitment to make NHS dentistry available again to all who need it.To combat existing problems patients can experience in finding an NHS dentist, health authorities will, for the first time, be able to commission contracts for dentistry locally, just as they can for other kinds of primary care. Patients will be able to use NHS Direct to find an NHS dentist, and are promised better and more easily accessible information about their dental treatment in the surgery, including itemised treatment plans and receipts, so that they can be sure exactly what treatment they are getting and whether it is being provided by the NHS or privately.

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FUNDAMENTAL REVIEW OF FINANCE

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 September, 2000

Greater flexibility for councils to borrow, more transparent education funding and new opportunities for business to invest in local communities are among the options set out in a new green paper on modernising local government finance. The green paper follows long-term lobbying by local government for greater freedom and flexibility in their finance choices.Local Government Minister Hilary Armstrong says that turning the paper into legislation would bring an end to the situation where councils have to get permission from central government every time they want to borrow to fund capital investment. It will also give back to councils some leverage over the business community. No longer responsible for setting the business rate, there is the opportunity to raise a supplementary business rate, in consultation with the business community. This would be linked to additional business services for the business community.

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STARTING TO MODERNISE

Book News, PublicNet: 20 September, 2000

By Geoffrey Filkin.This report commissioned by the New Local Government Network draws on a range of experts from the private and public sector and suggest that a methodology based on intelligent strategic procurement is the appropriate basis for improving performance and delivering the outcome that the public want.

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