Archives for November 11th, 2003

NEW NHS MESSAGING SYSTEM ROLLED OUT

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 November, 2003

The National Health Service has successfully completed the national roll out of a major new messaging service. Since June, almost 10,000 NHS organisations that use computer application-to-application messaging have moved over to the new Data Transfer Service, which replaces a system that no longer meets Government network communication standards.The NHS Information Authority says application-to-application messaging, known as electronic data interchange, allows family doctors and Primary Care Trusts to transfer safely a variety of messages including, patient registration details, GP payment claims and preventive screening information.

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EIGHTY COUNCILS ON BEACON SHORTLIST

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 November, 2003

Eighty local authorities are a step closer to achieving Beacon status with the announcement of the shortlist drawn from the original 218 applications under round five of the Beacon Council Scheme. Of those councils making it to the list, more than half have reached this stage for the first time.The short-listed authorities have all been judged to have shown evidence of excellence and innovation, as well as a commitment to spreading best practice in a range of important service areas, covering ten themes – Benefits Administration, Better Public Transport, Crime and Disorder Partnerships, Early Years and Childcare, the Sure Start Agenda, Housing Renewal, Promoting Sustainable Tourism, Services for Older People, Supporting Social Care Workers, Supporting People and Transforming the School Workforce.

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PROGRESS ON POVERTY – 1997 TO 2003/4

Features, PublicNet: 11 November, 2003

By Holly Sutherland, Tom Sefton and David Piachaud. Poverty is relative, because it is defined in terms of average incomes. In the last four years incomes rose by 10% and the poverty line rose by the same figure. The authors looked at all factors influencing those with the lowest incomes. They conclude that the 2004 targets for poverty reduction are likely to be met. For the longer term, substantially more redistribution to the poorest will be needed and continuing priority will have to be given to the goal of ending child poverty.

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