Archives for January 16th, 2006

BEYOND E-GOVERNMENT

Abstracts, PublicNet: 16 January, 2006

This review by Booze Allen Hamilton was commissioned by the Cabinet Office under the UK Presidency of the European Council to stimulate the debate on the strategic direction for e-Government during this important period of change. The close of 2005 marked the end of the eEurope action plan and the launch of its successor i2010.The report identifies the most successful ICT-enabled initiatives across nine governments, from which practical lessons can be derived and has been prepared with the full cooperation of over 85 government departments and agencies. It cites common challenges and best practice case studies drawn from over 450 initiatives assessed world-wide.

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COUNCILS AND CHARITY TO PROVIDE CHILDREN’S CENTRES IN PARTNERSHIP

Headlines, PublicNet: 16 January, 2006

Six Midlands local authorities have joined a community learning charity to share good practice between extended schools. The partnership has been established by ContinYou, which provides a range of programmes to support children’s and young people’s learning with its focus on improving life chances and tackling the effects of child poverty.The councils are Dudley, Walsall, Sandwell, Worcestershire, Staffordshire and Coventry and the partnership is underpinned by the government’s Ten Year Childcare Strategy plans to give local communities access to high quality early years support through children’s centres.

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CONCERNS RAISED OVER MONITORING PROVIDERS UNDER PATIENT CHOICE

Headlines, PublicNet: 16 January, 2006

Monitoring by Primary Care Trusts of services from providers is poorly structured according to two ophthalmologists in a letter to the British Medical Journal. The two have looked at steps to gauge provision of cataract surgery but say good quality monitoring is essential in all areas.Paul Brogden, specialist registrar in ophthalmology and Ian Simmons consultant ophthalmologist, from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, say that in accordance with the patient choice scheme, all 303 English Primary Care Trusts have been obliged since January last year to offer patients a choice of at least two providers for cataract surgery. Patient Choice allows patients to have a say in how, where, and when they are treated. Providers can be NHS trusts, diagnostic and treatment centres or independent sector providers from this country or abroad.

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