Archives for December 10th, 2004

RECOVERING FROM DISASTER IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR

Features, PublicNet: 10 December, 2004

Dr. Johannes C. Scholtes Disasters resulting from weather, fire, theft, burglary, computer hacking, and acts of terrorism occur without warning. Surveys reveal limited planning for disaster recovery, particularly from the loss of paper records. The author describes the likely effects of a disaster and looks at the problems of recovery and of maintaining business continuity.



GOVERNMENT MOVES TO NATIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR FULLY-FUNDED NHS CARE

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 December, 2004

The Department of Health has announced it is moving to develop a national consistent approach to assessment for fully funded NHS continuing care, in anticipation of one of the key recommendations to be included in the Health Service Ombudsman’s forthcoming report on funding for long-term care, which is due for publication before Christmas.The Ombudsman’s report will highlight problems arising from the lack of a national policy and guidance and say that from the patient’s point of view applying for continuing care funding has been a lengthy and sometimes hit and miss process, causing real hardship for a number of disabled and elderly people and their carers.

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PUBLIC SECTOR STAFF ‘MORE SATISFIED’ SAYS STUDY

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 December, 2004

People working in the public sector are generally more satisfied, committed and motivated than their opposite numbers in the private sector, according to a new survey of employee attitudes from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.The study shows that motivation in public sector staff has been increasing steadily and that employees are now 8 per cent more motivated than those working in private businesses, which may be the result of better funding of public services and better line management.

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