Health

  • Public Finance
    12 Oct 00
    The King's Fund is to lead a drive to boost the professional standards of health advocates in London. The aim is to ensure people from ethnic minorities have proper access to NHS services. The health...
  • Public Finance
    12 Oct 00
    Audit Commission controller Andrew Foster this week called for a radical streamlining of NHS audit and inspection in order to drive out inefficiencies and duplication in the current system.
  • Public Finance
    12 Oct 00
    Home Secretary Jack Straw has distanced himself from a report which calls for the merger of the Commission for Racial Equality, the Disability Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunities Commission.
  • Public Finance
    12 Oct 00
    In politics, appearance is everything. With a general election looming, ministers have their beady eyes trained on the all-important National Health Service.
  • Public Finance
    5 Oct 00
    Hospital workers in Dudley have launched a fifth round of industrial action in protest against plans to outsource staff in an £88m Private Finance Initiative project.
  • Public Finance
    5 Oct 00
    Health Secretary Alan Milburn ushered Best Value into the NHS last week, abandoning almost two decades of compulsory market testing in support services such as cleaning and catering.
  • Public Finance
    5 Oct 00
    Management's annual conference in Harrogate that Michael Portillo's proposal to boost overall health care spending by removing taxes on private health insurance 'shattered the postwar consensus on...
  • Public Finance
    28 Sep 00
    The chief executive of the King's Fund has issued a stern warning to Tony Blair and the government to give full and enthusiastic support to the public services. Otherwise, says Rabbi Julia Neuberger...
  • Public Finance
    28 Sep 00
    Child support services are close to collapse in the Vale of Glamorgan, according to a report on the council's social services described by one Whitehall official as 'the most damning we have produced...
  • Public Finance
    28 Sep 00
    The majority of voters in London support Ken Livingstone's proposal to introduce congestion charges on roads in the next two years, according to a survey for the King's Fund health think-tank.
  • Public Finance
    21 Sep 00
    The former Scottish Office failed to prepare a comprehensive procurement strategy when it began preparations for a new building for the Scottish Parliament, auditor general Bob Black said this week.
  • Public Finance
    21 Sep 00
    Tony Blair's plan to give everyone access to NHS dentistry by September 2001 will fail unless more cash is found, the British Dental Association said this week.
  • Public Finance
    14 Sep 00
    Local authorities were trying to pick up the pieces of disrupted services as fuel began to trickle slowly back into garages and council depots after the government's ultimatum to petrol companies to...
  • Public Finance
    7 Sep 00
    NHS trusts and health authorities are to be given a degree of choice in how they approach joint working on basic financial services.
  • Public Finance
    7 Sep 00
    The government's hospital building programme is ill-considered and could create expensive white elephants, a King's Fund report said this week, in yet another condemnation of Private Finance...
  • Public Finance
    7 Sep 00
    Doctors and nurses on the verge of retirement are being urged to postpone their departure until next spring to help avoid a winter crisis in the NHS.
  • Public Finance
    7 Sep 00
    The Conservatives' opening shots in the coming election campaign, featuring radical plans for change in education and local government, have been greeted with predictably swingeing criticism from...
  • Public Finance
    7 Sep 00
    The public sector has a serious image problem which is discouraging young people from seeing it as a worthwhile career and creating a recruitment crisis, according to the chief executive of the King'...
  • Public Finance
    31 Aug 00
    Just weeks after publication of the NHS National Plan, finance staff are being given the first glimpse of what the future holds for them in a modernised NHS.
  • Public Finance
    31 Aug 00
    Council social services departments' inability to cope with demand could plunge the NHS into another winter crisis, health authorities and trusts said this week.
  • Public Finance
    24 Aug 00
    London's poorest areas could lose millions of pounds in vital regeneration funding under a new deprivation index, local authorities in the capital have warned.
  • Public Finance
    24 Aug 00
    Civil service targets to increase the numbers of ethnic minority staff in Whitehall are unrealistic, inaccurate and disappointing, the chair of the Commission for Racial Equality has warned.
  • Public Finance
    13 Jul 00
    E-envoy Alex Allan has admitted that the government will not meet its e-government targets without substantial help from the private sector.
  • Public Finance
    13 Jul 00
    The NHS nursing recruitment crisis could get much worse if the government does not improve nurses' working lives, the King's Fund said this week.
  • Public Finance
    13 Jul 00
    The government's favourite stick-and-carrot approach to public services is to be applied to the NHS with a vengeance. To the best, a bundle of cash; to the worst, the black spot.

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