Archives for December 16th, 2003

IMPROVING HEALTH IN WALES

Features, PublicNet: 16 December, 2003

By Jessica Mugaseth. Reproduced by permission of the Public Management and Policy Association. Life expectancy in Wales is some three years less than the best in Europe and figures for the long-term sick are disproportionately high. Hospital waiting lists are longer than in England, despite much higher spending. Derek Wanless, author of the comprehensive report to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the future of the NHS has advised the Welsh Assembly that the current position of the NHS in Wales is not sustainable. The author summaries the report findings and looks at likely changes.



HARROW ‘HEROES’ REAP TOP TEAM AWARD

Headlines, PublicNet: 16 December, 2003

A team from the London Borough of Harrow has been singled out for demonstrating the best of public sector management and team working and has won the Top Team 2003 competition. The competition, now in its eighth year, recognises innovation and excellence in the public sector.The winners saw off competition from six other nominated authorities. The award is organised by the Local Government Management Network in conjunction with the Improvement and Development Agency, Norman Broadbent business consultants, the GMB, and Deloitte & Touche. The New Harrow Project Team was recognised for understanding and leading the environmental revolution taking place in the borough.

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COUNCILS SHARE CASH FOR RECYCLING SCHEMES

Headlines, PublicNet: 16 December, 2003

Fourteen local authority partnerships are to share more than 62 million pounds in funding after putting forward successful proposals for waste minimisation and recycling. The money will be paid over the next two years by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The department said the 14 approvals represented a greater number of high value proposals than had been expected and an overall increase in the total level of funding for partnership projects.The successful partnerships were Buckinghamshire, Cambridge, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Devon, Essex, Greater Manchester, Gloucestershire and Shropshire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Lancashire, Merseyside and Somerset and Suffolk The successful proposals cover 7.5 million tonnes of England’s annual waste production. The authorities will each benefit from up to five million pounds as well as receiving Government support services to help them deliver high quality environmental solutions.

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE – REDUCING BUREAUCRACY

Abstracts, PublicNet: 16 December, 2003

This report from the Cabinet Office on reducing bureaucracy in central government procurement sets out the barriers that lead to inefficiency and what can be done to overcome them. The barriers are common across public services and the remedies are applicable to all public bodies.Long procurement timescales slow down the delivery of projects and increase costs. Timescales can be reduced by improving professionalism and creating streamlined and consistent processes. Better delivery is hampered by a lack of professionalism. There needs to be an improvement in the skills of staff in the commercial role and in decision-making. Action is needed to improve the commercial skills of senior civil servants and the professionalism of project teams.

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