Archives for January 6th, 2004

NHS PLANS NEW WALK-IN CENTRES

Headlines, PublicNet: 6 January, 2004

The National Health Service is to set up eleven new Walk-In Centres, bringing the total number to 64. They are to be paid for from the three year 40 million pound investment package announced last July.The new centres will be in Barking and Dagenham, Brighton, Colchester, Darlington, Gateshead, Huntingdon, Lewisham, Prestwich, Salford, Skelmersdale and Sunderland. At the same time some of the existing sites are beginning to provide additional services such as prescribing by nurses and access to GP services. The Manchester centre, for example, is to provide a satellite service in Wytheshawe town centre.

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PUBLIC SECTOR TO FACE MORE RECRUITMENT PROBLEMS

Headlines, PublicNet: 6 January, 2004

Organisations in the United Kingdom will face increased problems in recruiting staff, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. It predicts that employment levels will rise by 250, 000 in the next year and says this presents a huge dilemma to organisations already experiencing severe recruitment difficulties, especially in the public sector.The CIPD says companies and other bodies will either have to turn to under-used sources of labour, such as immigrants or jobless people, or face increased wage costs.

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STREAMLINING PERFORMANCE PLANS

Abstracts, PublicNet: 6 January, 2004

Best value, the performance management framework for local government, is to be streamlined to reduce the burden of preparing plans. The proposals affect all local councils and fire services, but police authorities are excluded because their planning arrangements are being reviewed separately.The proposals provide for an across the board reduction in information required in plans and for giving the better performers further discretion about the content and format of their plans. It will no longer be necessary for authorities to provide comprehensive performance assessment scores; summaries of financial information; progress in implementing improvement measures over the past three years; outcomes arising from those measures; and progress against local public service agreements. The proposals also provide more flexibility over the timing of plans, so that they can be better integrated with existing corporate and business planning activities.

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