Archives for July 10th, 2002

HOW SMART ARE SMART CARDS?

Abstracts, PublicNet: 10 July, 2002

This report by Logica and Teleconomy argues that Government has a vital role to play in driving UK smart card adoption. The UK public are more prepared to supply personal details for use in public sector smart card schemes than for corporate initiatives. And when it comes to an “all-in-one” card, half the UK population find it appealing, especially if the Government is involved. The growing use of smart cards gives organisations the ability to store large quantities of information about a consumer or citizen. The research shows that, at first, the convenience of an “all-in-one” card is appealing, but the research revealed that this was displaced by concern as potential abuses and threat of loss came to the fore. The majority of those surveyed approved of the conceptual benefits of a joined-up card.The report is available from http://www.Hewson.co.uk

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VARIABLE GENERAL PRACTICE

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 July, 2002

A new report by the Audit Commission offers useful information on the state of general practice in the NHS ahead of new attempts at modernisation.’A Focus on General Practice in England’ was undertaken at a time of change ahead – new national standards, and new arrangements to hold practitioners to account for achieving them. New rules mean that, in future, money for general practice will follow patient need rather than doctors’investment decisions.

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POLICE REFORM COMPROMISES

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 July, 2002

The Police Reform Bill comes to the House of Commons today (10th July) with two key concessions.The Government has tabled amendments following criticism of the Bill by those within the police service.

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