Archives for August 11th, 2004

FOCUS ON HEALTH

Abstracts, PublicNet: 11 August, 2004

This new report from the Office for National Statistics reveals that people in higher managerial and professional occupations report the best health, as do people living in the South East of England. The age-standardised rates for people in routine occupations who rated their health as “not good” were more than double those for people in higher managerial and professional occupations. There are substantial geographical and occupational variations in self-reported general health. People live longer and healthier now but not all the extra years gained are necessarily in good health. Women still live longer than men, but the gap is narrowing. Focus on Health paints a picture of the health of people living in Britain. It includes information on broad measures of health, mortality, risk factors, some preventive measures and service provision. Particular emphasis is placed on changes related to age and trends over time.There are 2.5 million health and social care workers in the public and private sectors in England and Wales. For every 10,000 people in England and Wales in April 2001, there were 86 care assistants and home carers, 75 nurses, 22 medical practitioners, 5 midwives and 4 dental practitioners.

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PUBLIC SECTOR UNPREPARED FOR EU DIRECTIVE ON RECYCLING IT EQUIPMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 August, 2004

A third of public sector IT managers are unaware that from next year IT equipment must be re-cycled and many who are aware do not know the implications. This picture emerged from Brother UK’s “Green Business” research which explored how managers would respond to the EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment directive which aims to reduce the harmful environmental impact of IT waste by regulating its reuse, recycling and disposal.It is estimated that up to two million working Pentium PCs are dumped in landfill sites in the UK every year and as the public sector is a heavy users of technology, the new directive will have a significant impact. Maxitech.biz Limited, a not-for-profit reuse and recycling organization dedicated to reuse and recycling of redundant IT equipment, plans to play a major role in recycling. It provides for equipment to be re-used, thus prolonging its lifespan and reducing waste.

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TREASURY AGENCY CUTS COSTS FOR PUBLIC SECTOR

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 August, 2004

Whitehall departments, local councils and NHS trusts have cut the cost of buying goods and services by using procurement arrangements provided by OGCbuying.solutions, the trading arm of the Office of Government Commerce, which is an executive agency of HM Treasury. In the last year the agency helped in procurements worth 1.8 billion pounds, this is an increase of 42 per cent on the previous year. This resulted in savings of over 240 million pounds for its public sector clients.The agency identifies value for money opportunities and develops purchasing initiatives which offer measurable cost savings to the taxpayer. Public sector clients then benefit from routes to buy quality products and services quickly and efficiently. The agency’s commission costs have been reduced to 1% resulting in greater savings for its clients.

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