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VIDEO: Welcome to the New NHS

02 Sep 2011, by in Public services

A not entirely seriously filmed video from UNISON, highlighting a very serious point. Clause 168 of the Health and Social Care Bill removes the restriction on the amount of income a Foundation Trust can make from private charges – the so called “private patient income cap”.

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Trench warfare, Chartered Management Institute style

09 Jun 2011, by in Working Life

I’ve been playing the Chartered Managment Institute and Institute of Consulting’s new promotional web game (in my lunch break, honest!). It’s a novel way to convince young people that a career in business is for them, especially in one of the noble disciplines of management or consulting. But if Battle for the Boardroom offers us…

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Tell DCMS: “Don’t mess with May Day”

12 May 2011, by in Working Life

“Give us your ideas for a new Bank Holiday” runs the heading on DCMS’ latest press release. I was pleasantly surprised to see that, as the TUC have been suggesting for quite some time that adding a new bank holiday to the UK’s calendar could help end our embarrassing honour of having the fewest public…

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Jobs figures don’t tell the same story everywhere

14 Jul 2010, by in Labour market

The jobs figures are out today, and show a headline rate of five JSA claimants chasing every job vacancy listed at Jobcentre Plus. This doesn’t tell the whole story though, and there are huge regional variations, from 43.2 claimants competing for every job opening in Hackney North, through to just 0.7 in Lichfield. I’ve made…

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Good work, if you can get it

04 Mar 2010, by in Working Life

Today we’ve got a new ToUChstone Extra pamphlet out, “In Sickness and in Health? Good work – and how to achieve it“. It’s challenging the Government and employers to ensure that workplaces don’t just prevent staff from becoming ill, but actively promote good health and well-being through the idea of  ‘good work’. We spend around…

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