Archives for August 1st, 2005

BENEFITS OF E-PROCUREMENT

Abstracts, PublicNet: 1 August, 2005

This paper from the National e-procurement Project sets out the findings by Deloitte’s who were commissioned to analyze the use of e-purchasing, procurement cards, e-tendering and e-auctions in twelve pilot authorities. The document provides practical support and guidance to help authorities plan the stages of an e-procurement implementation and it also describes the key stumbling blocks on the route to an implementation.Projected benefits for e-procurement are estimated at 1.1 billion pound reduction in the costs of goods and services across local government. E-tendering efficiencies in processing are estimated at 725 staff with a further reduction of 8 million pounds savings in e-tendering overheads, such as accreditation of suppliers. e-Purchasing and the use of procurement cards are predicted to deliver a reduction of 2,560 staff.

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ETHNIC MONITORING GUIDE DRAWS ON BEST PRACTICE FROM COUNCILS AND TRUSTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 1 August, 2005

National Health Service and social care organisations are being issued with new guidance to improve ethnic monitoring within their services and workforces. It has been drawn up by the Department of Health, the Health and Social Care Information Centre and NHS Employers to improve health services for patients and working practices for staff.It highlights the importance of consistent and standard methods of collecting ethnic group and other related data from patients, service users and staff. It also explains the key principle of self-classification.

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STUDY HIGHLIGHTS POSSIBLE SAVINGS FOR NHS

Headlines, PublicNet: 1 August, 2005

The National Health Service could save close to a billion pounds over 15 years by investing in contraceptive services and speeding up women’s access to abortion services, according to research published today. The study has been released by the Family Planning Association to mark the beginning of Sexual Health Week.The report’s key findings show that changes to patterns of contraceptive prescription and raising awareness of different methods of contraception would cut the number of unintended pregnancies. That, FPA says, would lead to annual cuts in the cost of maternity and abortion services of 33 million pounds a year. The study shows, too, that the contraceptive methods that are routinely offered to women do not always meet their needs and it estimates that the use of implants and the IUS would each increase by almost 10 per cent if women’s true preferences were met.

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