Archives for June 26th, 2002

PRIVACY AND DATA SHARING: THE WAY FORWARD FOR PUBLIC SERVICES

Abstracts, PublicNet: 26 June, 2002

This report from the Performance and Innovation Unit in the Cabinet Office argues that the ability of the public sector to deliver more personalised, more efficient services depends on the effective use of personal information about citizens. It calls for a the setting up of a Public Services Trust Charter and for greater openness in the interactions between public services and their consumers. There should be better use of technology to deliver more secure, more joined-up services, ensuring high levels of data security, effective protection from fraud and more personalised service delivery, for example through the use of smartcards.Privacy and Data Sharing is available from the Performance and Innovation Unit http://www.piu.gov.uk   Telephone 020 7276 1416.

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LABOUR COOLS ON MAYORS

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 June, 2002

The Government appears to be losing interest in the concept of elected mayors – a new breed of accountable civic figurehead to re-ignite people’s interest in local democracy.It’s decided not to use its powers to force three councils to ballot local people on whether and elected mayor should be introduced in Birmingham, Bradford and Thurrock.

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FINDING TIME FOR GPs

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 June, 2002

A report from the Cabinet Office’s Regulatory Impact Unit (RIU) says that up to 3.2 million GP appointments can be freed up by removing unnecessary and cumbersome red tape, so allowing patients quicker access to see their GP.Working with the Department of Health, the RIU consulted GPs in England and found the time for these extra appointments by removing repeat prescriptions, sick note certification, social housing reports, disability benefits and Motability and child assessments from GP’s workload.

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