Archives for April 5th, 2001

MAJOR PFI CONTRACT TO BUILD MANCHESTER MAGISTRATES’ COURT

Headlines, PublicNet: 5 April, 2001

A thirty million-pound contract has been awarded to build a large new magistrates court building in the centre of Manchester.The contract has been awarded by Manchester City Council but is sponsored by the Government as one of 13 PFI projects aiming to modernise old court buildings that lack modern facilities.

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MATRONS A STEP TO BETTER MANAGEMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 5 April, 2001

The Government has announced details of how it is to put matrons back in charge of NHS hospital wards.The idea was first formally raised in the NHS Plan and has large-scale public support. Five hundred matrons will be in post from next April and 2000 by 2004. National guidance to establish these new posts is being sent to all NHS Chief Executives.

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A SYSTEMS PERSPECTIVE OF PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT IN PUBLIC SECTOR ORGANISATIONS

Abstracts, PublicNet: 5 April, 2001

Boland T, Fowler A

The International Journal of Public Sector Management, (UK), 2000 Vol 13 No 5
Start page: 417.No of pages: 30

Analyses performance measurement in the UK public sector; investigates their systemic inadequacies and critically evaluates the related concepts of Performance-measurement and Performance Improvement Initiatives.. Focuses on the areas of education, health and the police service; highlights the results of using performance indicators for accountability and resource allocation. Uses a systemic understanding of the terms efficiency, effectiveness and economy; outlines how outputs and outcomes feed into and influence other parts of the system (sub-systems). Analyses the results of negative and positive feedback systems; highlights education as having a dominant positive feedback sequence; believes that this will lead to long-term instability. Features the situation in the National Health Service; looks at the sub-systems and describes how the outputs and outcomes feed into each other in a closed loop system. Argues how the public sector is not the same as the private sector; believes that in attempting to exert feedback control there is a danger of initiating positive feedback loops with disastrous consequences.

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