Archives for February 5th, 2003

DOCTORS’ BACKING FOR e-LEARNING COURSE

Headlines, PublicNet: 5 February, 2003

Doctors have welcomed an e-Learning course which could save lives in hospital accident and emergency departments. The web-based course on basic emergency care has been developed jointly by the National electronic Library for Health (NeLH) and Doctors.net.uk.It focuses on the assessment and management of critical illnesses that A and E doctors are likely to encounter. It has been completed by 1,820 National Health Service doctors since its launch in December. Those who followed the course raised their baseline scores by an average of 21 points, and more than nine out of ten of them said they found it effective.

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SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS COUNCILS’ FEARS ON PLANNING REFORMS

Headlines, PublicNet: 5 February, 2003

Key elements of government plans to reform the planning system are likely to fail according to a survey carried out by the Local Government Association. It has found that the overwhelming majority of local councils believe important parts of the Planning Bill could founder because of problems including the lack of a statutory role for counties, and the crisis in the recruitment of planning officers.More than three quarters of the authorities taking part in the study said counties should have a statutory strategic planning role. The results also reveal that in spite of the government’s emphasis on the importance of greater community involvement, 71 per cent of councils think this will be more difficult under the new system. Only five per cent believe it will be easy for the proposed Regional Planning Bodies to secure meaningful community involvement in regional planning.

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THE EVOLUTION OF E-GOVERNMENT AMONG MUNICIPALITIES: RHETORIC OR REALITY

Abstracts, PublicNet: 5 February, 2003

By Moon M.J.Information technology has become one of the core elements of managerial reform, and e-government may figure prominently in future governance. This study is designed to examine the rhetoric and reality of e-government at the municipal level. Using data obtained from the 2000 E-government Survey conducted by International City/County Management Association and Public Technologies Inc., the article examines the current state of municipal e-government implementation and assesses its perceptual effectiveness. The study also explores two institutional factors (size and type of government) that contribute to the adoption of e-government among municipalities.Overall, this study concludes that e-government has been adopted by many municipal governments, but it is still at an early stage and has not obtained many of expected outcomes (cost savings, downsizing, etc.) that the rhetoric of e-government has promised. The study suggests there are some widely shared barriers (lack of financial, technical, and personnel capacities) and legal issues (such as privacy) to the progress of municipal e-government. It also indicates that city size and manager-council government are positively associated with the adoption of a municipal Web site as well as the longevity of the Web site.

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