Archives for July 17th, 2001

PUBLIC SERVICE CHANGE PACKAGE

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 July, 2001

Tony Blair has set out a package of measures which will form the basis of the public sector reform programme. Reform plans will shortly be in place for each major public service. In addition, the Civil Service and government itself is carrying out its own extensive programme of change. There will be new structures in Government, new ways of delivering services, as well as changes in career and incentives systems for civil servants.In the NHS 75% of budgets will be devolved to to local primary care trusts. Successful NHS hospitals will be allowed to take over failing ones. Private sector management will run some of the new stand-alone surgery centers and PFI will be extended beyond the hospital sector into primary care, social services and the provision of imaging and laboratory equipment. Private sector management expertise will also be used in the running of NHS buildings and IT systems. A university for the NHS will be set up to give staff the chance to improve their new skills and there will be changes to the contracts of doctors, nurses and consultants to open up better career development, allow more flexible working and end unnecessary demarcation in working practices.

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COMMITMENT TO SPEEDING UP PUBLIC SERVICE REFORM

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 July, 2001

Prime Minister Tony Blair has given a commitment to accelerate the reform of public services with substantial investment. He set out his belief that investment will only produce results if it levers in change, because without change money is simply wasted on outdated practices. Much of the new money will be spent on more and better rewarded staff. Front line staff will have more power, their terms and conditions of employment will be geared to proper recognition for the work they do and there will be real incentives for better performance.He said that in the 1980s the business entrepreneurs who turned their ideas into successful companies were celebrated. In this early part of the 21st century, we need to celebrate the social entrepreneurs who turn their ideas into successful schools, universities, better healthcare, crime prevention and detection, better public transport, more responsive and effective government.

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