Archives for May 25th, 2001

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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