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Cuts Watch (page 2)

Cuts Watch # 397: Ticket Office Closures

03 Mar 2011, by in Cuts Watch

The whirlwind of cuts doesn’t just affect public services – it also creates an atmosphere in which other cuts are easier. London Midland trains has launched a consultation (with just three weeks for the public to comment) on “proposed changes to ticket office hours”. RMT have pointed out that the proposals will cost 122 full-time and 8 part-time…

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Cuts Watch #396: Valuing people with learning disabilities

02 Mar 2011, by in Cuts Watch

Does the government think improving the lives of people with learning disabilities is important? In 2009 the last government launched a three-year programme called Valuing People Now to improve the services used by people with learning disabilities. It involves local authorities and health, education and employment services and has been driven forward by a specialist…

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Cuts Watch #394: patients denied NHS operations

24 Feb 2011, by in Cuts Watch

NHS trusts are denying operations to up to one in eight of all patients referred by GPs. Pulse magazine reports on the rise of “total referral management”, a variety of cost control measures, sometimes involving “referrence management centres”, some operated by private companies. Four in five primary care organisations now operate a referral gateway of…

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