General News (Archive)

MoD:  First sailors join new aircraft carrier in Scotland – (UK team deploys to South Sudan to assess peacekeeping commitment ~ £1.1bn investment by MOD in future military flying training ~ Military Aviation Authority (MAA) and the International Register of Certificated Auditors (IRCA) Approved Auditor Competence Scheme ~ Badgers go nuts for special fence gates on the defence estate)

NHS England:  The NHS Benchmarking Network is organising the 2016 National Audit for Intermediate Care – (NHS England:  We are shaping services for years to come ~ Market Engagement launched: Improving GPs’ Access to Mental Health Support ~ NHS England call for 2016 Healthcare Science Award nominations)

DH:  Review shows how NHS hospitals can save money and improve care ~ Carter Review:  Productivity in NHS hospitals – (DH:  Junior doctor contract negotiations)

CQC inspectors find “remarkable” improvement in patient care at Wexham Park Hospital ~ Monitor:  Success at Wexham Park is a model for the rest of the NHS

Monitor:  Shropshire orthopaedic hospital to cut waiting times for routine operations

NHS Confederation responds to industrial action announcement – (NHS Confed:  Rise in block contracts risks patient choice)

DfT:  Planes returning from Zika areas to be sprayed with insecticide

LGA:  Councils remain in the dark over public health funding ~ LGA:  Transitional support needed for councils following funding shake-up ~ LGA response to UNISON 15 minutes care visit report ~ Councils respond to ADPH report on impact of public health funding reductions ~ LGA responds to launch of inquiry into children's social care)

Patients Association:  Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill goes to Report Stage – (PA:  Physician Survey highlights dangers posed to patient safety ~ PA:  Physician Survey highlights dangers posed to patient safety ~ PA:  BMA survey shows patient care deteriorating as GPs struggle to cope ~ PA:  CQC warns that hospitals must improve their end of life care)

ScotGov:  Review of access to new medicines – (ScotGov:  Investing in community sight services ~ ScotGov:  World Cancer Day – Scotland’s drive to turn the Big C into the ‘wee c’ ~ ScotGov:  Family Nurse Partnership)

WAG:  More people in Wales surviving stroke shows new report – (First Minister celebrates achievements of NHS Wales ~ WAG:  Funding secured for maternity & neonatal service improvements at Glangwili Hospital, Health Minister confirms)

Defra:  The Hive comes to Kew Gardens – (Defra:  Green space - Satellite data transforms environmental protection ~ Defra:  Lasers reveal 'lost' Roman roads)

DWP:  Universal Credit available across Essex in latest rollout

DfE:  North-east teenager receives award from Education Secretary

DfT:  East Riding’s roads get £16.7m maintenance boost

HMRC:  Another record breaking year for Self-Assessment

techUK launches refocused sustainability programme – (techUK:  Are we one step closer this week to an AI driven world? ~ techUK:  Mobile Services & Apps are growing in popularity, but could they go further?)

TfL:  More than a quarter of London ‘pay as you go’ customers now travel using contactless payments – (TfL:  Join Children's Traffic Club London and learn road safety lessons for life ~ Mayor launches world-leading bus safety programme ~ TfL:  Card payments to be accepted in every black cab)

ScotGov:  Makar makes way – (ScotGov:  Veterans deploying broadband ~ ScotGov: Flood funding available ~ ScotGov:  Funding to spark business investment in the Arts ~ ScotGov:  Lobbying proposals enhanced ~ ScotGov:  HGV trial to start on Forth Road Bridge ~ ScotGov:  Sludge review final recommendations)

WAG:  New on-line Directory launched to promote Welsh businesses – (Welsh Government introduces free swimming for Armed Forces ~ WAG:  Independent vaccination analysis welcomed ~ A55 improvement works accelerated and £1.9m Tal-y-bont scheme to go ahead this spring)

Ofsted:  Inspection of Kingston upon Hull school improvement support – (Ofsted:  Focused inspection of Academies Enterprise Trust)

Ofgem:  Dermot's view - Ofgem’s challenges & plans for 2016/17

Consumer Council for Water:  Water companies must do more to support customers struggling to pay their bills, says water watchdog ~ Ofwat response to water companies’ bill announcement

LGA:  Illegal eviction prosecutions show councils are cracking down on rogue landlords – (LGA :  80,000 council homes could be lost by 2020 ~ LGA responds to CLG committee devolution report ~ LGA responds to survey of subsidised bus services by the Campaign for Better Transport)

Environment Agency outlines recovery & repair projects following record-breaking floods

SOCITM:  Finding council tip opening times easier than reporting a missed bin from a mobile phone

TUC welcomes support package for Sheffield Forgemasters – (TUC: Black workers with degrees earn a quarter less than white counterparts ~ TUC & PFA launch new guidance on how to tackle homophobia in football ~ TUC: PM's renegotiation agenda misses the point ~ TUC: Extending Sunday opening hours will be bad for workers & small businesses ~ Women must not be left behind in pensions revolution ~ TUC: Investors use new votes to show concern over boardroom pay ~ Naming & shaming of minimum wage cheats must continue)

FDA:  Any Google tax settlement concerns lie with lawmakers, not tax officials, says HMRC union – (FDA:  Treasury proposals a breach of trust on deal reached with Francis Maude, says FDA)

FSA:  New Chair needed for Committee on Carcinogenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products & the Environment (COC)

National Archives:  Allocation of papers accepted in lieu of tax

ACE:  Announcing our new Arts Council Collection National Partners

English Heritage:  6 London war memorials added to new guidebook

RoSPA welcomes new corporate manslaughter sentencing rules

Unicef:  Series from The Lancet provides more evidence that breastfeeding is lifesaving – (As Zika spreads, Unicef works to help keep communities safe ~ Unicef:  More children & women seek safety in Europe ~ Unicef: USD$1.4bn needed to get every Syrian child back in school, say aid agencies)

Innovate UK:  New website hosts wealth of data on energy efficient buildings

ESRC:  Flooding & resilience - the role of children and young people

CCC: Fifth carbon budget allows for greater ambition set out in Paris Agreement

Effective Communication: The Use of Big Data in the Public Sector