Archives for January 28th, 2002

HOSPITALS IN A CHANGING EUROPE

Book News, PublicNet: 28 January, 2002

Martin McKee and Judith HealyHospitals of the future will confront difficult challenges: new patterns of disease, rapidly evolving medical technologies, ageing populations, and continuing budget constraints. This book explores the competing pressures facing policymakers across Europe as they struggle to respond to these complex challenges. It argues that hospitals, as part of a larger health system, should focus on enhancing health outcomes while also responding to public expectations. Adopting a cross-national, cross-disciplinary perspective, the study assesses recent evidence on the factors driving hospital reform and the strategies used to improve organizational performance. The book concludes that hospitals cannot be managed in isolation from society and the wider health system, and that policymakers have a responsibility to define the broader health care goals they should strive to meet.

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CRIMEFIGHTERS MUST CONSULT

Headlines, PublicNet: 28 January, 2002

And Police Forces have also been told that they ‘must do better’ at consulting their communities on crime. The second round of crime and disorder strategies is about to be drawn up jointly by police and local councils as a way of encouraging co-ordinated crime prevention.There are 376 Crime and Disorder Partnerships across England and Wales, who each drew up their first such strategy in 1999. All have been reminded that they must consult widely with all key stakeholders and their local community when they conduct an initial audit of crime and disorder in their area.

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POLICE MODERNISATION CROSSES RUBICON

Headlines, PublicNet: 28 January, 2002

Plans to modernise the Police service give new powers to non-police officers do police work. It’s a similar measure to what’s happening in education, where it is proposed that classroom assistants take on some of the lesser responsibilities of teachers.The proposals are in the Police Reform Bill, a package of measures which also proposes measures to tackle differing performance between forces. Supported by the newly established Police Standards Unit, forces will be helped to achieve the standards of the best, whether in tackling crime, preventing crime and anti-social behaviour, or reassuring the public.

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