Archives for April 26th, 2005

BRITISH GOVERNMENT IN CRISIS

Book News, PublicNet: 26 April, 2005

By Christopher FosterWhy are we so badly governed? Why has a system of government -the envy of the world as recently as the 1970s – developed so many defects? Why is there such a gulf between the political classes, who seem to believe the situation satisfactory or inevitable, and the general public, increasingly disaffected by politics and government. The author argues that the defects are not attributable to one political party. Some factors are widely recognised: the decline of the Cabinet and the marginalising of Parliament; the influence of spin on the political culture and the increased role of political and special advisers.

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PILOT SHOWS WAY TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 April, 2005

A pilot programme in Wales to tackle inequalities in health has shown that service providers can make changes and improve access to health services sometimes at relatively small cost.A new report, “Equity Training and Advocacy Grants – learning from the pilot programme”, sets out the lessons that have been learned from 25 projects across the Local Health Board areas of Cardiff, Carmarthenshire and Denbighshire between November 2003 and April last year.

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PINPOINTING FACTORS UNDERMINING PARTNERSHIP WORKING

Headlines, PublicNet: 26 April, 2005

New research shows that Primary Care Trusts and voluntary bodies working in partnership each have little understanding of the constraints that the other is working under. The study, by CVS Community Partnership, shows that this can result in unrealistic and sometimes unreasonable expectations.The report, ‘Partnership or a master-servant relationship?’, is based on a study of how voluntary groups involved with people who have physical and learning disabilities could work better with Primary Care Trusts and Social Services departments in Leicestershire and Rutland. The authors believe the findings have clear relevance to similar partnership working around the country.

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