Archives for November 8th, 2004

SEEKING VIEWS ON PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT IN NHS

Headlines, PublicNet: 8 November, 2004

A new phase in getting the public more closely involved in the National Health service is beginning with the Government opening consultations with members of the new Patient and Public Involvement Forums about new arrangements to replace the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health.The Commission and the Department of Health are sending surveys to every member of all 572 Patient and Public Involvement Forums, a total of more than 5,000 people. The surveys will be backed up by a number of in-depth workshops to build on progress in patient and public involvement in the health service.

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SLOUGH SETS PACE WITH E-GOVERNMENT SOLUTION

Headlines, PublicNet: 8 November, 2004

Slough Borough Council will this week become the first local authority to go live with a full electronic service joining all its departments together for property searches. The ‘managed service’ will benefit both professionals involved in conveyancing and homebuyers in Slough by providing a fast and efficient service.The modernisation enables the council to connect to the National Land Information Service hub at a level that allows Slough to respond to search requests electronically. The NLIS Local Authority Modernisation Programme is a managed service, provided by MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates who are managing similar modernisation programmes in Liverpool, Telford and Wrekin, South Norfolk, Canterbury and Sandwell.

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PRIMARY CARE TRUSTS – AN UNFINISHED AGENDA

Book News, PublicNet: 8 November, 2004

By Deborah RocheThis report summarises finding from policy seminars held by the Institute for Public Policy Research which examined NHS decentralisation and how the NHS and patients might benefit from Primary Care Trusts. The trusts control approximately 75 per cent of NHS funds. It considered PCT performance and makes recommendations for the way forward. It also looked in detail at how patients are managed and how services are being re-shaped as well as considering commissioning services and management of the trusts.

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