Archives for February 20th, 2002

MOBILE PHONES TO REDUCE COURT DELAYS

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 February, 2002

A pilot project has been launched to reduce court delays and witness waiting times by improving communication between everyone involved in Crown Court cases. Currently a quarter of hearings are cancelled on the day they are due to go ahead, frequently because witnesses do not attend.The project uses the Internet and mobile phone text messaging to improve the sharing of information about court hearings between the court and other criminal justice organisations including the Crown Prosecution Service, the police, prisons, Probation Service as well as victims, witnesses, solicitors and barristers. The court clerk will record the progress of a case, such as “jury is sworn-in” or “prosecution has started”, directly onto a computer in the courtroom as it happens. This information can then be automatically notified to the criminal justice organisations and lawyers involved in the case in a manner of their choosing eg by e-mail, text message to a mobile phone, fax or pager.

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HOSPITAL BED SHORTAGE PUTS PATIENTS AT RISK

Headlines, PublicNet: 20 February, 2002

A continuing shortage of hospital beds is revealed in performance information published by the Department of Health. What has now emerged is that the shortage is not only affecting waiting lists, but it is also putting patients at risk through premature discharge from hospital.The increased patient risk is shown in the sharp rise in emergency re-admissions within one month of being discharged. Compared to the previous year re-admissions have risen by 1.7%, but this figure masks wide variations in performance. While the readmission rate is 4% in the best performing hospitals it is up to 9% in others.

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DIVERGENT IDENTITIES? PROFESSIONS, MANAGEMENT AND GENDER

Abstracts, PublicNet: 20 February, 2002

By Susan Miller, Roulla Hagen and Marie JohnsonThis article critically examines issues of gender in relation to the ‘professionalization’ of management, with particular reference to the National Health Service (NHS). It focuses on the Master of Business Administration (MBA) qualification and the role this plays in professional development of managers and clinicians. One MBA course, which has included a number of participants from the NHS and has attempted to include some recognition of gender issues, is used for illustrative purposes. The article raises important concerns about the implications of gender for NHS and other public sector professionals, and draws some conclusions about the ways in which management education might incorporate gender into the curriculum.

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