Archives for August 5th, 2005

REFORMING PUBLIC SERVICES

Features, PublicNet: 5 August, 2005

By Ed Straw Reproduced by permission of the Public Management and Policy Association. In the last 30 years organizational life has changed radically with massive increases in competition and complexity. The exception is the civil service which allowed itself 15 years to change its accounting framework. The ‘Professional Skills for Government’ programme was launched in October 2004 setting out reforms adopted by local government and the NHS in the 1980s. The battle for change in the civil service has probably been won, but the author questions how long it will take to deliver.



RECONCILING COMPETITION AND COLLABORATION IN HEALTH CARE

Headlines, PublicNet: 5 August, 2005

The Department of Health has set out a draft code for ensuring that patients receive maximum benefit from the shake-up that will result from the introduction of payment by results. The code aims to support high quality patient care by promoting positive and collaborative relationships between healthcare organisations, which effectively are in competition with each other. It has been drafted with a working group which included representatives from NHS organisations, independent sector providers, arms length bodies and the Department of Health.Under payment by results, providers are paid for each patient they treat, according to a national price list. The new arrangements will facilitate patient choice and reward efficiency, with successful providers able to reinvest surpluses to improve services for patients. Providers whose services are currently above average cost will need to make cost savings between now and 2008-09 when the system takes full effect.

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A FRESH LOOK AT HOW UK CITIES FUNCTION

Headlines, PublicNet: 5 August, 2005

The Centre for Cities, an independent urban policy research unit, based at the Institute for Public Policy Research, has launched three projects to look at the way cities function. The projects will engage with the people, businesses and leaders of cities and towns, through stakeholder meetings, focus groups and surveys. They will explore the economics of growth and change in urban areas across the UK.The City People project will focus on Dundee, Liverpool and Manchester. It will ask what is driving city centre living in UK city centres. Who lives there, why and how long will they stay? What is the social and economic impact of city-centre living? Is there a catalyst effect on the city as a whole? It will report in December 2005.

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