Archives for December 3rd, 2001

PLANNING ONLINE MOVES CLOSER

Headlines, PublicNet: 3 December, 2001

Development work has started on a project to allow anyone applying for planning permission to submit, track and view their applications over the Internet.Contracts worth 4.2m pounds have been awarded to IBM and Unisys/Fabasoft to develop the Planning Portal and an electronic Planning Casework Service for the Planning Inspectorate.

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FDA BITES GOVERNMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 3 December, 2001

The First Division Association, the body representing UK’s most senior civil and public servants, has delivered a stinging attack on Government handling of reform, on its re-organisation of Government departments, and perhaps most painfully, on its handling of public private sector partnerships (PPPs).The FDA outlined its string of grievances with current policies and changes in evidence to the House of Commons Public Administration Committee, which is holding an enquiry into public service reform

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CAPITAL INVESTMENT IN PRIMARY CARE

Abstracts, PublicNet: 3 December, 2001

By Sylvia Godden, Allyson M. Pollock and Stewart Player.The authors describe the complexity of the financing arrangements of primary care premises. They explain how the early vision of integrating health and social services within local health centres failed to be realized, with GP-owned practice premises remaining as the dominant model. There was a switch to private finance when the government loan body (General Practice Finance Corporation) was privatized in 1989. Although capital can now be freely raised by the private sector for investment in the National Health Service (NHS), these debts have to be repaid through NHS funds or user charges. The complexity, combined with demographic factors, makes it likely that as GPs opt for the Personal Medical Services (PMS) scheme and a salaried service, the trend towards for-profit corporations owning and buying out GP premises will accelerate.

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