PUBLIC SERVICE IN THE NEWS | Is UK’s ‘Open Public Services’ White Paper the risky road to privatisation?

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Wandsworth councillors clock up 40 years of public service > Two councillors saw their four decades of public service in local Government marked this week at a special ceremony hosted by the mayor of Wandsworth Councillor.

Zimbabwe Public Service Minister Mukonoweshuro Dies in South African Hospital > Former University of Zimbabwe Vice Chancellor Gordon Chavunduka said Zimbabwe has lost a serious and hardworking individual who was dedicated to his work as an academic and a committed government minister.

Michigan voters OK public safety, senior services millages: Kirksey says residents ‘want the finest public safety …’ > Voters supported a 1.7-mill increase for public services (police and fire personnel and support costs) and 0.25 mills to maintain cultural and senior services, including the local Seniors Center

‘Open Public Services’ White Paper: the risky road to privatisation > The White Paper’s privatisation model is taken directly from a report published last year by three senior partners at KPMG called How to shift power from Whitehall to public service customers. In February this year David Cameron appointed one of its authors, Paul Kirby, as the government’s head of policy development. KPMG won the first contract for NHS commissioning following the abolition of primary care trusts and would be one of the biggest beneficiaries of open-door privatisation.

‘Reality lags behind rhetoric’ for healthcare and social enterprise, warns King’s Fund > Fierce competition could wipe out the nascent emergence of social enterprise healthcare providers unless they are offered better support and longer-term contracts. The warning comes from the UK’s leading healthcare think-tank, The King’s Fund, in a major new report entitled Social enterprise in healthcare.

Duke signs No 5 > Trinidad and Toago’s Public Service Association yesterday signed their third collective agreement for the week for a five-percent wage increase, this time for monthly paid workers.

Environment Canada to slash 776 jobs >  Former assistant deputy minister says the new cuts “will have a significant ability on the capacity of Environment Canada to deliver both the science, which is needed for policy way beyond Environment Canada, but also the delivery of services” such as weather forecasting.

 

Right to Public Service > Recently Jammu & Kashmir Government in India has taken one more step ahead towards good governance by enacting “Right to Public Service Guarantee Act 2011”, in conformity to Section 13 of constitution of Jammu & Kashmir.   Government has made administrative machinery realize that service to people is a top priority. The Government officials exist for the people and should ever remain accountable to them. On the other hand the law will also sensitize people about their entitlements.

 

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