Archives for December 13th, 2001

KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT EXPERTS ADVISE ON UK POLICY

Headlines, PublicNet: 13 December, 2001

The Office of the e-Envoy has announced the launch of ‘LEARN’ – the Levering External Advice and Relations Network.The network aims to bring together leading international knowledge management practitioners to provide external advice and comment on the developing UK policy framework for knowledge management.

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MORE NHS NURSES

Headlines, PublicNet: 13 December, 2001

The Government has seized on new statistics about nurse numbers as evidence that the NHS Plan is being delivered according to time and that the tide is turning on nurse shortages.The figures show that the number of nurses and midwives working in the NHS has increased by more than 10,000 in the last year alone.

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REFORMING THE NHS

Abstracts, PublicNet: 13 December, 2001

Present plans for the NHS fail to address the underlying causes of the problems from which the service suffers, according to a collection of articles in the December 2001 issue of Economic Affairs. The problem is defined as prescribing more of the same and failure to address the root causes of the problem. Continued reliance on public sector monopoly to provide services removes the incentive for quality improvement and client centred care that exists in competitive models with consumer choice. Moreover, tax funding constrains available resources. It is argued that features of the NHS which used to be considered as strengths are now weaknesses. The national planning exercise reinforced central direction of the service, dismissing major changes to the principles of the NHS or to its funding. It is argued that there seems to be a natural reluctance to admit that the NHS may be in need of more fundamental reform.Economic Affairs, Journal of the Institute of Economic Affairs, Volume 21, No 4 December 2001. Five pounds. Published by Blackwell jnlinfo@blackwellpublishers.co.uk

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