Archives for November 23rd, 2001

NHS LAUNCHES PROFIT MAKING SERVICE

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 November, 2001

The NHS has set up NHS Plus to market occupational health to the private sector. All the profits will be reinvested back into the NHS. The new organization will offer services to British businesses who every year lose seven million working days to stress related illnesses at a cost of ?5 billion. Back pain is also a major problem with 15 per cent of unemployed people highlighting it as their reason for not working. Income will be generated from providing occupational health services, such as immunisation, pre-employment screening and insurance medicals for businesses.Occupational Health Services provided by the NHS ensure that employees of small to medium enterprises are in a job and working environment for which they are physically and mentally suited and which protects and promotes their health. The service is delivered by a team of NHS staff, often led by nurses and assisted by a number of different professional agencies such as physiotherapists, psychologists, counsellors and safety officers.

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WATCHDOG CRITICAL OF MOD RISK MANAGEMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 23 November, 2001

The Ministry of Defence has been criticized by the National Audit Office for slow progress in developing risk management processes. In a new report ‘Major Projects 2001’ the NAO challenges the MoD to look at whether it is spending the right amount of time and money reducing risk. The MoD has not yet put in place comprehensive indicators to measure the success of risk assessment which the NAO believes is key to future successful acquisition. The report urges the MoD to give priority to establishing indicators.Although critical of the risk management processes, the NAO recognizes that progress has been made in reducing risks. Costs have decreased for the second year running. The major risk of project slippage has been reduced by over half compared to last year. The risk of failing to meet the requirements of military customers has been held steady with a 93% customer satisfaction rating.

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