Archives for October 10th, 2000

E-GOVERNMENT SUPREMO WANTED

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 October, 2000

The search has started to find someone to replace Alex Allan, the e-envoy who has resigned for personal reasons and is returning to Australia. The job advert in the Sunday Times describes the role as pivotal in e-government, offering a unique opportunity to develop and influence policy. The salary is 120,000 pounds, but this could be topped up for an exceptional candidate.Candidates will have to demonstrate a rare blend of experience and competence. They will need Board level experience in the public or private sector, the ability to operate within government and be commercially oriented.

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NHS HUMAN RESOURCE STRATEGY GETS IMPLEMENTATION TEETH

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 October, 2000

The Human Resource Strategy element of the NHS 10 year plan comes with tough measures to ensure that health service employers deliver a cultural change. The recent agreement to reduce the working week for the 30,000 junior doctors to a maximum 56 hours will be enforced by publishing comparative information on progress. Regional offices have been told to set up teams to compare trusts of similar size and type and establish which were failing to cut junior doctors’ working week to the agreed average. In some NHS Trusts 95 per cent of junior doctors work longer that 56 hours.NHS Trusts failing to provide good quality accommodation and hot food day and night could face sanctions including a requirement to admit their failings in job advertisements. The worst performers would lose their right to appoint new junior doctors and, in extreme cases, they could lose all existing junior doctor posts.

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