Health

  • Public Finance
    2 Dec 99
    There must be no let-up in health authorities' and trusts' battle to bear down on debt and meet the government's targets, NHS Executive finance director Colin Reeves said this week.
  • Public Finance
    25 Nov 99
    Seventeen local authorities placed under 'special measures' by the government have complained that they were treated unfairly by being named and shamed by social care minister John Hutton.
  • Public Finance
    18 Nov 99
    Two senior government ministers have set out to find a cure for the plague of form-filling and local government is due to be one of the chief beneficiaries.
  • Public Finance
    18 Nov 99
    The health service is being urged to reduce its deficit next year, even if that means postponing initiatives and cutting other services, finance managers said this week.
  • Public Finance
    18 Nov 99
    An improvement agency covering the whole of the public sector in Scotland could be set up, following the publication next month of a report by the Best Value Taskforce.
  • Public Finance
    18 Nov 99
    The government's crackdown on fraud in the National Health Service started in earnest this week with new powers for the NHS Tribunal to disqualify practitioners who have committed fraud.
  • Public Finance
    18 Nov 99
    Rural districts are likely to benefit hugely from radical changes in the way Scotland's 15 health boards are funded. But the new system is not likely to be implemented before 2001/02, it emerged this...
  • Public Finance
    18 Nov 99
    The chief secretary to the Treasury, Andrew Smith, is to create a series of Service Delivery Agreements spanning the whole of government, he reveals in this week's Public Finance .
  • Public Finance
    11 Nov 99
    Home Secretary Jack Straw has been forced to go back to the drawing board after it emerged that his draft Freedom of Information Bill contravened international agreements on the environment.
  • Public Finance
    11 Nov 99
    The message from Liverpool this week was that the city of Derek Hatton, the Militant Tendency and local government anarchy is finally dead.
  • Public Finance
    11 Nov 99
    The Prescription Pricing Authority has suggested setting aside its prescription backlog, wiping out two months' data, as one way of getting future prescribing information to health authorities and...
  • Public Finance
    11 Nov 99
    Welsh health authorities and trusts face another year of deep cuts in services, despite receiving an extra £14m from the National Assembly.
  • Public Finance
    4 Nov 99
    The NHS will be spared the rigid Best Value regime imposed on local government and will focus on back-room support rather than clinical services.
  • Public Finance
    4 Nov 99
    Only a small number of primary care trusts (PCTs) may be formed next year, following the British Medical Association's insistence that the new bodies should receive support from at least two-thirds...
  • Public Finance
    21 Oct 99
    Local health schemes, such as the development of diabetes care or minor injuries units, face the axe as a result of the government's change of direction on funding.
  • Public Finance
    16 Sep 99
    Short-termism and vague targets set by councils are hampering innovative work on regeneration and economic development, the Audit Commission warned this week.
  • Public Finance
    9 Sep 99
    Northern Ireland health officials have recommended that a new £75m hospital, most probably financed with private cash, should replace two hospitals that won plaudits for their care of victims of the...
  • Public Finance
    9 Sep 99
    The NHS Confederation called this week for a 'modest' increase in the number of health service managers to help health authorities fulfil their new strategic role.
  • Public Finance
    2 Sep 99
    Local government minister Hilary Armstrong has announced two new business-oriented appointments to the Audit Commission.
  • Public Finance
    26 Aug 99
    London's ambulance controllers have warned that understaffing is putting patients' lives at risk.
  • Public Finance
    12 Aug 99
    In another age, there were people known as Kremlinologists. These experts would be wheeled out on British television and radio to discuss the significance of every minor change in personnel made to...
  • Public Finance
    15 Jul 99
    In the normal world, a deficit is a deficit. But, in the world of NHS finance, such simple rules do not apply.
  • Public Finance
    15 Jul 99
    The Northern Ireland Office has denied that the local health service faces 'nightmare cuts' in the wake of this year's pay award to doctors and nurses.
  • Public Finance
    15 Jul 99
    The government is to fund its proposed expansion of further education through more use of the Private Finance Initiative in the sixth-form sector, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Alan Milburn said...
  • Public Finance
    8 Jul 99
    New government measures to improve public health and save 300,000 lives in the next ten years will fail unless there is a 'massive shift' of funds to poor areas, the NHS Confederation said this week.

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