Archives for June 5th, 2006

SICK ABSENCE SURVEY

Abstracts, PublicNet: 5 June, 2006

The CBI / AXA Absence Survey shows that sickness absence across the public sector is down from 10.1 days per person to 8.5, but this is almost three days more than each private sector worker. Some 1 million people a week take sick leave and while the majority will return to work quickly, in an average week 3,000 people are off sick for more than six months and of those 80% will not work again for the next five years.Organisational size is a major influence on workplace absence, with rates of absence higher in larger than in smaller organisations. Other factors related to absence include women taking more sickness absence than men and older employees having more absences than younger counterparts.

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RUTH KELLY URGED TO REVIEW RULES ON LOCAL AUTHORITY PUBLICITY

Headlines, PublicNet: 5 June, 2006

An independent think tank is calling on the new Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to withdraw the code of practice on local authority publicity to reflect the role councillors play as community leaders. The Local Government Information Unit has made the plea in an open letter to Ruth Kelly.The LGIU is arguing that the limitations currently placed on councils mean they may be unable to tackle effectively racism and other forms of extremism that arise locally. It wants to see the code replaced with local government-based guidelines on how modern local authorities can use communications proactively in dealing with controversial issues.

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CALL FOR GREATER CLARITY OVER ROLE OF MARKET IN THE NHS

Headlines, PublicNet: 5 June, 2006

The Government is being urged today to clarify the role of the NHS market. A new report, commissioned by the King’s Fund says if current health reforms are to work, the Government must state unequivocally that it wants to create a health care market with a range of providers and that it believes this represents the long-term future for the health service.The recommendation comes from an independent working group made up of health service leaders from the NHS and the voluntary and the independent sectors. They have examined the changing landscape of funded services and went on to look at what needed to be done to make the new market work effectively for patients.

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