Archives for September 17th, 2001

WORKING IN THE UK NOT VERY SATISFYING

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 September, 2001

Only 49 per cent of the workforce look forward to going to work on an average day in the UK, according to the first report from the British Workplace Representation and Participation Survey. A comparable study of the US workforce found that 66 per cent of workers look forward to going to work.The extensive poll of workers and their attitudes to their job, trade unions and their employer found that one in ten of the workforce say they work very hard on jobs they do not enjoy and to which they do not look forward. The biggest complaint of the people surveyed is preferential treatment by management. This is closely followed by unfair wages.

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JOINING UP SERVICES TO SAVE THE COUNTRYSIDE

Headlines, PublicNet: 17 September, 2001

The Countryside Agency which advises government on issues relating to the social, economic and environmental well being of the English countryside, has urged more joined-up thinking from policy makers and service providers alike in tackling the problems of providing rural services. It has called on all those involved in providing the vital services that help keep England’s rural communities vibrant and viable to consider the possibilities and benefits of providing more than one service from a single location.Access to basic services in rural areas, especially for the low paid and unemployed, those without transport, young people and the elderly, has been identified as the key issue. The most promising response to the issue is to provide services jointly through one outlet. The economies of scale and synergies created by combining one service with another helps to maintain viability.

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LOCALISATION AND PARTNERSHIPS IN THE NEW NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE

Abstracts, PublicNet: 17 September, 2001

By B Hudson and B Hardy B.This article examines some important differences in the designs of the ‘New NHS’ in England and Scotland in respect of two common guiding imperatives – localization and partnership. In examining the view of key local stakeholders faced with introducing the changes, we contrast the generally more flexible and less prescriptive approach in Scotland. In England there was a raft of guidance from the centre: in Scotland, by contrast, there was virtually none. In England the prime bases for localization will be PCGs
and PCTs: in Scotland they will be Local Health Care Co-operatives (LHCCs). The latter, like the English PCGs, are to be GP-led; but unlike PCGs, membership is voluntary. Underlying such redesign of the organizational architecture are some important changes in cultures and modes of governance.

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