Archives for October 13th, 2005

NHS STAFF EARNINGS SURVEY

Abstracts, PublicNet: 13 October, 2005

The survey is based on a one month sample taken in August 2005 of 51% of NHS trusts that use a specific common payroll system. The average annual basic salary for all directly employed NHS staff as at August 2005 was 22,300 pounds. Average total earnings, including allowances, were 26,300 pounds.The average basic salary for all qualified nurses was 22,700 pounds with average total earnings of 26,400 pounds. The lowest paid staff group surveyed were Ancillary with an average salary of 10,900 pounds. Ancillary workers make up 4.5% of staff sampled.

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PRIVATE MEDICAL CARE HIT BY IMPROVING NHS SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 13 October, 2005

Growth in private medical insurance payment and self-pay treatment to independent medical and surgical hospitals and clinics in the UK was barely above inflation in 2004. This compares to a growth of some 10% in 2002. Although the healthcare market is complex and outcomes are influenced by a range of factors, growing satisfaction with the NHS is clearly influencing the situation. The slowdown in private healthcare growth has occurred in parallel with delivery of the NHS 10 year plan and substantial injections of cash.The weak self pay healthcare market has been under pinned by growth in cosmetic surgery. This now accounts for 120m pounds out of a total of 470m pounds. Sir Nigel Crisp, Chief Executive of the NHS speaking earlier in the year said indicators of progress, other than the published targets, are beginning to appear. He highlighted the effect of the NHS on private healthcare. In past years many people opted to pay for treatment and this enabled the private market to grow steadily. This trend has been reversed and private healthcare organisations are revising their plans, scaling down activity and in some cases closing hospitals.

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SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT MOVES UP THE AGENDA

Headlines, PublicNet: 13 October, 2005

Local, regional and national public sector bodies are being urged by DEFRA to get their act together on sustainable procurement. While many councils have made significant progress in meeting the targets in the National Procurement Strategy, much remains to be done. Procurement professionals, practitioners and council buyers from across the UK, who are responsible for sourcing goods for a wide range of services including purchasing food for their local schools are being invited to a conference in Cambridge on 3-4 November 2005. They will share ideas on delivering priorities for the strategy and exchange knowledge with EU counterparts.Public bodies are very influential market actors spending significant sums of money on purchasing consumables and services. This purchasing power can be used to promote more sustainable products and services with considerable improvements and changes in market structures both in the short and long term. Sustainable procurement is an issue, which until recently, has received attention in only a few pioneer countries, such as Denmark and Austria. However, this cross-cutting topic is rapidly gaining international recognition and is one where public bodies, and especially local government, have a leading role to play and a mandate to do so.

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