Archives for May 2001

PUBLIC AND PRIVATE ROLES IN HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS

Book News, PublicNet: 31 May, 2001

Claudia ScottThis book examines the theory and practice surrounding public and private sector roles in healthcare systems. The roles of governments and markets are explored in the areas of funding, purchasing, provision and regulation, drawing on the experiences of seven OECD countries. Public and private roles and interfaces are discussed in each country and the health system is evaluated in terms of its capacity to achieve the policy goals of efficiency, cost containment, equity and choice. The book highlights critical public policy choices which governments must make as they contemplate alternative policy strategies for health sector reform.

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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY BOOM REQUIRES RAMPED UP CORRUPTION AWARENESS

Headlines, PublicNet: 31 May, 2001

Public sector managers need to be aware of potential corruption risks for the significant benefits of information technology development to be fully realised.This is a theme showing consistent concern in Britain but this time the warning has come from New South Wales.

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HOUSING MISSING FROM MANIFESTOS

Headlines, PublicNet: 31 May, 2001

A housing lobbying body is claiming that all three major parties are missing one of the key ingredients they will need to deliver their manifesto promises.ROOM says that while Labour, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats talk about providing adequate, affordable, safe and sustainable housing, none put the requirement high enough up their agenda.

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ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT CHECK ON PUBLIC SECTOR

Headlines, PublicNet: 30 May, 2001

Local authorities, central government departments and executive agencies are being encouraged to take part in a new project to investigate the environmental impact of the public sector in the UK.The project will be run by Waste Watch, the national organisation promoting waste reduction, reuse and recycling. The research which will be carried out by Ernst & Young and funded by Biffaward, anenvironment fund using landfill tax credits donated by Biffa Waste Services.

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BMA CALLS FOR MODERN WORKING PRACTICES FOR JUNIOR DOCTORS

Headlines, PublicNet: 30 May, 2001

The British Medical Association’s Junior Doctors’ Committee is asking all the main political parties to commit themselves to effective family friendly policies for junior doctors.It has written to the health spokesmen of the three main parties as well as the Minister for Women outlining the difficulties faced by such workers.

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THE COMPETENT PRIMARY HEADTEACHER

Abstracts, PublicNet: 30 May, 2001

By Norah Jones and Michael ConnollyWithin management generally, and within education management more specifically, there has been a continuous search for the key to effective management development. Generic occupational standards, generated by the Management Charter Initiative are claimed to be applicable and transferable to any manager in any organization. Thus, a manager in a school would be expected to meet the same requirements as a manager in any other organization at the same level. In the education world, both practitioners and theoreticians are skeptical about the competency approach. This article analyses the relevance of the management standards to primary headship by reporting on the experiences of six headteachers seeking NVQ management qualifications.

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FLOW OF NEW TECHNOLOGY SPEEDING UP

Headlines, PublicNet: 29 May, 2001

Announcements about the introduction of new technology in public services are being made with increasing frequency. Although each announcement may have limited significance, when put together they represent a strategic trend. They include external services for the public and internal services to improve efficiency.Telewest has provided Knowsley Council with an interactive digital TV service which provides for tenants to send home repair requests and get consumer advice. The service also allows residents to have their say about how the council operates. E-mail phil.woodhead@merseymail.com

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SEARCH LAUNCHED FOR BARRIERS TO CHANGE IN HOSPITALS

Headlines, PublicNet: 29 May, 2001

The NHS Confederation has launched an initiative to find out what are the barriers that are limiting the implementation of the NHS ten year plan. The Confederation is the voice of management in the majority of NHS trusts, primary care trusts and health authorities. The work programme will cover modernization issues and major capital redevelopment.Pressure on hospital modernization is set to increase and the Confederation wants to know not only what barriers have been encountered so far, but particularly what is the impact on management. There is concern that the management agenda is growing at a fast pace. The initiative will cover secondary and hospital-based care. Key areas of work will include service configuration, including pathology, emergency and maternity services and acute management capacity.

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CLAIMS OF DOCTOR OVERLOAD BACKED UP BY PATIENTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 May, 2001

The British Medical Association’s claim that GPs are overloaded has been supported by a MORI poll which showed that more than seven out of ten members of the public believe that their GP is overworked. The BMA said that the findings demonstrate the need to address the problems facing GPs and their patients. They also said that these views of patients will also come as a boost to family doctors who may have believed their hard work was being taken for granted.Seventy-two per cent of the people polled said their GP was either ‘very overworked’ or ‘fairly overworked’. 3 per cent felt their family doctor was ‘underworked’, while 19 per cent said they thought their GP’s workload was ‘about right’.

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JOINED UP PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT BREAKTHROUGH

Headlines, PublicNet: 25 May, 2001

A performance management system that brings together information from many agencies is being pioneer by Birmingham City Pride, a strategic partnership of agencies in the city. The goal of the project is to present information which tracks symptoms and solutions for the major quality of life issues. It achieves this by providing for top-down target setting from central government as well as catering for innovative local approaches to measuring change. A key feature is the capacity to present information in the form of a programme of work to achieve change.The system know as ‘Oi’ is an internet-based application using geographic information to present data from a number of databases in an integrated and visual context. ‘Oi’ can mean either ‘Open Information’ or ‘Oi! We are not achieving change! What are we to do about it?’

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