DWP: The Government’s commitment to provide greater protection for the severely disabled is taking effect, with the latest figures revealing an increase in the number of people assessed for the higher rate of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). However, the figures still show that the majority of people (38%) are being found fit for work.
ScotGov: Scotland's Chief Statistician has published the report Long-Term Monitoring of Health Inequalities: Headline Indicators, October 2011. This report represents the fourth in a series of annual updates of headline indicators of inequalities and has been published following a recommendation in the report of the Ministerial Task Force, Equally Well.
DH: New information on mortality rates in NHS hospitals has been published as part of plans to give patients and the public more transparent & robust information about their local NHS. The new Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator (SHMI) compares the actual number of patients who die following treatment at a trust with the number who would be expected to die, given the characteristics of the patients treated there.
For the first time, it considers all deaths that take place both in hospital and within 30 days of discharge, offering a more comprehensive picture of deaths following hospital care.
EU News: The European Union's system for quick exchange of information on risks linked to food & feed - an invaluable tool especially at times of crisis - has further grown in importance during 2010, the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) system's annual report reveals.
ScotGov: Scotland's Chief Statistician has published the Scottish Policing Performance Framework Annual Report, 2010-11. The publication presents statistics on 37 performance indicators and 8 context indicators, giving, where available, data & trend analysis from 2007-08, the first year of the Scottish Policing Performance Framework (SPPF).
Ofwat: Ofwat, the economic regulator of the water & sewerage sector, has reported in its 2010/11 ‘summary of performance’ report that although companies continue to deliver good levels of service to most consumers, there are still areas for concern.
PC&PE: The Commons Public Accounts Committee has published its 53rd report of Session 2010-12, on the basis of evidence from the Department of Health. The report addresses issues regarding the management of high value NHS equipment.
ICI: John Vine CBE QPM, the Independent Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency, has published a thematic inspection report of how the UK Border Agency manages foreign national prisoners.