Archives for July 26th, 2002

PUBLIC FINANCE INITIATIVE GATHERING MOMENTUM

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 July, 2002

The formal opening of three Magistrates Courts on Humberside marks the completion of the first project in the public private partnership scheme to provide 30 new courts in the next five years. The new courthouses provide improved, modern facilities for victims of crime, witnesses, the professions and other people who use the courts. The new buildingshave separate and secure waiting facilities for all, segregated waiting areas for family, youth and adult defendants, secure custody facilities and secure circulation routes for staff around the buildings. The courts have been built under the 23 million pound Humberside Magistrates Court Committee Private Finance Initiative.PFI in the health service has moved on with the agreement of UNISON to accept a proposal that in all PFI projects some 85% of staff will be retained in the NHS. The GMB union has not yet agreed to the proposal.

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HOSPITAL PERFORMANCE RATINGS DRAW PRAISE AND FLAK

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 July, 2002

Health Secretary Alan Milburn has praised the NHS for raising standards in the past year. The latest performance assessment shows that 68 of the 304 trusts received the highest three star rating. Within acute trusts, 46 were awarded three stars, 77 got two stars and 35 received one star. The tables show that standards improved in 47 trusts compared with last year but deteriorated in 36. 10 trusts received no stars at all. All trusts were assessed on a variety of targets, including patient waiting times, deaths after surgery, cleanliness and finances.Trusts with the highest rating will be given more freedom and those with no stars will have three months to show signs of improvement or face being franchised out to a new team of managers from elsewhere in the NHS, or the private or independent sectors. Trusts where managers have already been replaced or franchised out will be given 12 months to turn their services around.

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