Care services have increasingly become personalised, tailoring services to individuals’ needs rather than fitting individuals into existing service provisions. By comparing the cases of Norway and England, Karen Christensen and Doria Pilling analyse whether personalisation policies are impacted by the political context. They find that while the English are more politically accepting of ‘the market’ and Norwegians have a more statist approach, the […]
How staff are treated impacts on patient care, but the NHS has yet to tackle discrimination against black and minority ethnic staff like it does other patient care issues, writes Roger Kline. In this article, he discusses new proposals whereby NHS organisations will be encouraged to take race equality seriously for the sake of patients.
The NHS has so far failed to meet […]
What happens when outsourced contractors are no longer able or willing to continue with the provision of public services? Bob Hudson explores the downsides of outsourcing public services and finds the proposals currently in train to address ‘market failure’ in both health and social care to be lacking. He goes on to explore alternative approaches and writes that public services should be seen as something more than a contract […]
The UK should not look to the Dutch when thinking about how to improve pension policy, argues David Hollanders. Suboptimal governance, high costs and decreasing benefits has characterised the Dutch system of late. Nevertheless, the Dutch system serves as a good example for why collective action is a necessary antidote against deregulated financial institutions.
In a speech on June 4th Queen Elizabeth […]
The coalition government is pressing ahead with the privatisation of the probation service in England and Wales in the hope of reducing re-offending rates despite serious concerns about the scale, pace and complexity of the changes. Noting the hitherto tepid political response, Rob Allen examines how the reforms are progressing and what they mean in practice, arguing that the validity of the MoJ’s expectations should […]
Research indicates that men are more likely to suffer adverse health consequences as a result of being unemployed than women
Poor health is an outcome of unemployment, and men tend to be far more affected than women. Jenny Gulliford talks about the findings of her latest report ‘Sick of Being Unemployed: The health issues of out of work men and how support services are failing to address them’. She argues that the government must consider how ill-health in unemployed men could be […]
Theresa May, the Home Secretary, has launched radical reforms of the police service, already the hardest hit of all public services. Why have the police plunged in political clout sufficiently to make the deep transformation in their resources and powers possible? The bottom line, writes Robert Reiner, is that the powerful are simply less dependent on public police protection, benefiting […]
The government’s Work Programme, whereby providers are paid on a results basis, is not fit for purpose and risks failing Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants. Drawing on new research, Timothy Riley explains the problems with the funding model. In essence, getting the minimum performance benchmarks wrong creates a vicious circle of lower funding leading to lower performance, leading to still lower […]