Archives for September 25th, 2000

WHAT NOT HOW SAY COUNCILS

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 September, 2000

There is concern that the Government is bringing in prescriptive bodies to manage joint health and social care – where modern partnerships are already working. The Local Government Association leaders have asked that health ministers to focus on what local and health authority partnerships have delivered and not the mechanism for delivery.The concern is that the NHS plan does not acknowledge that many health and local authorities have already integrated their health and social care services within existing legislation, prior to the flexibilities established in the Health Act 1999. The LGA wants the proposed new care trusts to be jointly owned and jointly directed by health and local authorities.

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FAIRER FUNDING FOR NHS IN SCOTLAND

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 September, 2000

Hospitals and health services in Scotland will see a fairer distribution of resources over the next five years – without any losing out. The Health Minister Susan Deacon has announced that new money will be injected into the NHS in Scotland to meet the findings of the Arbuthnott review – “Fair Shares For All” – on the fairer distribution of resources. That will enable investment in areas of need, without the need to siphon off money from those areas seen to be relatively better off.On average, all health boards will receive a 6.5 per cent cash increase – more than twice the rate of inflation. Some will receive further money to increase the investment in those areas which need it, such as Glasgow, for deprivation, and the Highlands, for tackling the delivery of care over remote areas. The 12 million pounds announced to meet with the recommendations of the Arbuthnott review come on top of a general announcement of funding levels for Scotland, which will see more that four hundred million pounds more money available for health spending in Scotland next year compared with this.

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LEADERSHIP FOR STRATEGIC CHANGE

Abstracts, PublicNet: 25 September, 2000

Landrum N E, Howell J P, Paris LLeadership & Organization Development Journal, (UK), 2000 Vol 21 No 3

Start page: 150. No of pages: 7

Points out that more must be known about the effectiveness of teams in designing and managing organization-wide strategic change as organizations move towards more democratic, team-based structures. Assesses the value of change led by a single, charismatic leader against change led by teams, and suggests that team-based change may be longer lasting and more responsive to future needs for change. Considers the type of organization that will support team-based change and proposes that organizations in which power is widely spread will be better suited to this, than those which emphasize charismatic leadership. Discusses if teams can block a charismatic leader in whom they have little confidence and concludes that they can do this. However, also believes that teams can enhance the efforts of a charismatic leader.

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