Archives for July 10th, 2006

MOBILE COMPUTING

Abstracts, PublicNet: 10 July, 2006

This programme is now available to view on egovtv.tv, the online television channel for public service modernisation. It looks at the opportunities and benefits mobile computing can bring to the public sector, and in particular local authorities.Through a combination of expert panel discussions and interviews, the programme considers the business case for mobile computing and the key issues to consider for successful implementation, with advice on the different technological options available.

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GRANTS WILL TACKLE HEALTH INEQUALITY IN WALES

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 July, 2006

Projects to tackle health inequalities in Wales have been awarded special funding to support their work. The Equity Training and Advocacy Grants, totalling 450,000 pounds over the next two years are going to 28 projects.The grants were initially recommended by Professor Peter Townsend in his report “Targeting Poor Health” as part of a strategy of action inside and outside the National Health Service to address inequities in access to care.The latest payments follow a pilot programme in 2003-04, which as well as proving the value of the grants also highlighted the need to make improvements in working practices. Funding of 210,000 pounds is available in this financial year with a further 240,000 pounds next year.

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SURVEY QUESTIONS VIEW ON SICKNESS ABSENCE IN PUBLIC SECTOR

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 July, 2006

The commonly-held view that public sector workers take more time off sick than their counterparts in private firms is misleading according to a new report from the Health and Safety Executive. An HSE survey has found evidence of higher numbers of employers under-recording absence among their staff in the private sector, particularly in smaller businesses.The Survey on Workplace Absence, Sickness and (ill) Health 2005 shows the difference between sickness rates across the public – private sector divide is small. Taking into account the size of an organisation and differences in the age and gender profiles, the difference is approximately 0.3 days per employee. The survey is based on interviews with 10,000 employees. It confirmed that absence levels were higher in organisations with more than 250 staff, which includes almost all public sector organisations. The majority of private sector workers, meanwhile, are in small or medium sized organisations.

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