Archives for January 21st, 2002

RESOURCE ACCOUNTING

Book News, PublicNet: 21 January, 2002

By Valerie ArchibaldThis second edition draws on real-life experience to provide an up-to-the minute, clear and practical introduction to the subject. Resource Accounting represents a fundamental change to the way Government Departments, Agencies and Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs) report on their spending and achievements. It includes case studies as well as changes in the process resulting from the production of the first set of accounts. The foreword is written by the head of the Government Accounting Service, Sir Andrew Likierman, who says: “Those who know little about the new form of accounts will need to know enough to understand what they offer, and what they can ask of professionals”.

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BT INCREASING PUBLIC SECTOR MARKET SHARE

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 January, 2002

Barnsley has become the latest council to form a strategic partnership for delivering a wide range of services with BT. The goals of the partnership, which is due to begin in April, are expected to take between seven and twelve years to achieve. Overall the partnership could result in substantial savings to the council once computer equipment and infrastructure systems have been put in place. The services will include a contact center, one-stop shops and flexible payment methods. Barnsley now joins Edinburgh and Liverpool City councils who also have formed strategic partnerships with BT.In Scotland BT are to operate the local version of NHS Direct. NHS 24, which unlike its counterparts in England and Wales, will be integrated with electronic health-records. It will also be linked to GP practices, accident and emergency departments and the ambulance service to enable the immediate transfer of data. The service could eventually become a repository of health records accessible wherever they are needed in emergencies. NHS 24 will be launched in the Grampian area in spring 2002. It will cover the whole of Scotland in 2004.

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GPs ON COURSE FOR NHS PLAN DELIVERY

Headlines, PublicNet: 21 January, 2002

GPs play a vitally important role in the ten year NHS Plan and new contracts are due to start in April 2002. The British Medical Association has written to the UK’s 41,500 family doctors to assure them that negotiations are on course. It has warned that they must not expect the new contractual options to be in place from April, but that a package will be put to the profession with sufficient detail to enable members to make an informed decision as to whether the deal is acceptable. If the answer is “yes”, detailed pricing will be an essential pre-requisite to implementation and transition to the new contract.In a preview of what is likely to emerge the BMA explains that because general practice is changing rapidly a ‘one size fits all’ solution is not going to satisfy every one and any new contract must be sufficiently flexible to cater for that diversity. It is expected that there will no longer be a single contract but rather, a variety of contractual options. There will be new flexibilities for GPs with better control of workload and substantial rewards for those who provide their patients with high quality service to set the scene for decades of innovative and attractive practice.

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