Archives for June 14th, 2001

TOWARDS A NEW LOCALISM

Book News, PublicNet: 14 June, 2001

By Gerry Stoker and Greg WilkinsonPowerful motivators are needed to improve performance and promote modernisation in local government. Labour has already set out its agenda for change through a series of initiatives and reforms. But its social and economic objectives will never be realised without a capacity to make things happen in communities. The challenge is to enable local government to work with others to make a significant difference to people’s quality of life and level of opportunity. As Labour has realised, it is impossible to govern Britain successfully from London alone and attempting to do so increases the public’s alienation from government and politics. Villages, towns and cities differ significantly in their needs and priorities. Policies implemented without local leadership and commitment often fail, meaning that complex, cross-cutting issues cannot be addressed.

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MANAGEMENT CAPACITY CHECK IN PRIMARY CARE

Headlines, PublicNet: 14 June, 2001

The NHS Confederation is to launch its own study into whether there is the capacity for Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) to manage the size of the job they are increasingly being given to do.The job of PCTs has evolved at a tremendous pace since its origins as a means of giving GPs, nurses and other local stakeholders a lead role in the planning, provision and development of local health services.

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WAITING TIMES NOT LISTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 14 June, 2001

The Government’s decision to drop waiting list targets in the NHS has been welcomed by health professionals. Health Secretary Alan Milburn made the announcement in a speech to the British Association of Medical Managers in Liverpool.He said the pressure to reduce waiting would not go away. The focus instead will turn to waiting times, which needed to be reduced, especially for those patients with serious conditions. The new target is for the maximum waiting times for a hospital operation to fall from 18 months today to 15 months by Spring next year, then to 12 months and by 2005 to be down to just 6 months.

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