Archives for July 1st, 2002

REDEFINING ‘COMPETITION’ AS ‘COMPETITIVENESS’

Abstracts, PublicNet: 1 July, 2002

By David MullinsThis article draws on studies of 23 Best Value pilots in the housing sector to assess the ways in which competition has been incorporated into Best Value strategies. While out-sourcing appeared to comprise a very small element of pilot activities, closer examination identified a range of approaches taken by Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) to providing a more competitive service. Like local authorities, RSLs are struggling with the ‘make-or-buy’ decision. Pilots identified three essential prerequisites for using competition to promote Best Value: specifying services, finding out about suppliers, and acquiring client skills.

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E-GOVERNMENT – IT’S CULTURAL AS WELL AS TECHNICAL

Headlines, PublicNet: 1 July, 2002

The Society of IT Management (Socitm) says the Government’s draft National Strategy for local e-government doesn’t focus enough on the culture change that’s required as well as technological innovation.In its formal response to the draft National Strategy, sent to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Socitm says e-government is as much about change as technology, and is concerned that while the Strategy refers to transformational change, the details focus on technology. Socitm believes the Strategy should emphasise that technology is the merely the vehicle by which local government can develop improved, joined up government and deliver a seamless service to the citizen.

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PUBLIC HAPPY WITH MIXED PROVISION NHS CARE

Headlines, PublicNet: 1 July, 2002

A nationwide opinion poll conducted by MORI for the British Medical Association (BMA) has found mass readiness to travel outside the UK for NHS treatment and for NHS treatment to be provided by the private sector.The survey findings are timed to coincide with the BMA annual conference this week and have uncovered information which will surprise many doctors.

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