Archives for August 9th, 2005

MANAGING RISKS TO THE PUBLIC: APPRAISAL GUIDE

Book News, PublicNet: 9 August, 2005

This Guide is designed to help policy makers address certain risks that the
public faces, and also its perceptions of risk. Government has a role to
protect and assure the public, which includes taking cost effective action
to reduce risk, and to provide accurate and timely information about risk.
It seeks to achieve greater consistency and transparency in decision-making
by recommending greater use of evidenced based values of preventing
fatality, and other harms. More widespread use of evidence-based values
would help to achieve greater consistency in decision making, increasing
risk management activity, and preventing or curbing it in areas where the
benefits are not justified by the costs.

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PUBLIC BODIES URGED TO BID FOR AUCTION FUNDING

Headlines, PublicNet: 9 August, 2005

The Office for Government Commerce is offering funds to public bodies to
encourage e-auctions. The e-auction, sometimes known as the reverse auction,
involves suppliers competing in real time by bidding lower as the auction
unfolds. E-auctions comply with the EC Directives on Supplies and Services,
Utilities and Works. They offer efficient, open and transparent negotiations
either for lowest price or most economically advantageous tender, as part of
a full procurement process. They give value for money efficiencies in public
sector contracts with typical savings of 20 – 25%.

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WATCHDOG FOCUSES ON QUALITY OF ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY CARE

Headlines, PublicNet: 9 August, 2005

As accident and emergency departments concentrate on driving down waiting
times, the Healthcare Commission has warned hospital trusts to monitor
variations in the quality of care. The Commission surveyed 200 departments
and found that some patients are not receiving the standard of care that A&E
consultants recommend.

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