Archives for February 4th, 2003

MANAGERS REJECT NHS BUREAUCRACY CLAIMS

Headlines, PublicNet: 4 February, 2003

Managers in the National Health Service have hit back at claims that new money given to the service is wasted on bureaucracy and they have dismissed suggestions that bad management is a widespread problem for the NHS.The picture of an over-managed service suffering because “the vast majority of managers are there to stop things happening,” came in a Centre for  Policy Studies document, ‘Resuscitating the NHS: A Consultants View’.

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COUNCILS GET ABOVE INFLATION FUNDING INCREASE

Headlines, PublicNet: 4 February, 2003

Every local authority is to receive an increase in its level of government funding above the rate of inflation. Final figures from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister show councils and the communities they serve will benefit from a 5.9% increase for the next financial year.The report shows how grant support will be distributed across the country following consultations with local government on the provisional allocations announced in December.

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SETTING UP A PUBLICATION SCHEME – FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Features, PublicNet: 4 February, 2003

By Dave Thompson Reproduced by permission of the Public Management and Policy Association. Some 50,000 public service organizations are affected by the Freedom of Information Act which is now beginning to bite. Central departments have announced Publication Schemes, local councils must do so by the end of February, the police have until June, the health service until October and schools and universities until February 2004. The author exposes the misconception that a Publication Scheme is an index of information published already, but rather a catalogue of the polices, procedures, manuals and guidelines that will have to be opened up when open government goes live and the public gets access in 2005.

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