Monitor: Monitor, the independent regulator of NHS foundation trusts, recently published the annual review & consolidated accounts for the Foundation Trust sector. It claims that this review of foundation trusts’ performance for the year 2007-08 supports the case that the foundation model and its regulatory regime is working, delivering robust organisations able to meet the requirements of their commissioners.
Variation does exist within the sector; Monitor has intervened at 5 trusts during the year to remedy unacceptably poor MRSA rates and has intervened formally at one trust in response to concerns about financial governance. However, the Annual Health Check ratings produced this month by the Healthcare Commission show a very positive picture – of the 42 trusts rated ‘excellent’ for both quality of services and use of resources, 38 were foundation trusts.
Defra: 90% of local authorities are meeting or even exceeding their household recycling targets, new figures published by Environment Minister Jane Kennedy show. This shows a continued improvement on last year based on the audited Best Value Performance Indicators for 2007/08.
Press release ~
Municipal Waste Statistics 2007/8 ~ WRAP ~ Local Authority performance framework ~ Defra – Waste Strategy and legislation
ScotGov: Overcrowding; the imprisonment of children under 16 years of age, and the continuing lack of work are key frustrations in Scottish prisons according to the latest Annual Report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons, which covers the period 1 April 2007 - 31 March 2008.
Press release ~ Justice Secretary’s press release ~ Annual Report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons 2007 - 2008
MoD: The latest Armed Forces recruit trainee survey, which has been published since 2005, has been published as part of the Department's commitment to open reporting of the views of service personnel. The latest statistics show:
* 89% of Armed Forces recruits would recommend joining up to their friends & families
* 88% of recruits felt they personally benefited from the course
* 87% said their training gave them a sense of achievement
*There was a small rise in recruits who felt they had been badly or unfairly treated, up from 9% to 12%