UNISON calls for a new set of principles for public service contracts

With the collapse of Carillion and profit warnings from Capita, the government needs to urgently establish a new code of conduct for the delivery of public services by private companies, says UNISON today (Thursday). UNISON’s preferred option is to bring services back in-house. But where the private sector is running public contracts, UNISON wants firms to abide by a set of principles to ensure the driving force is the public, not the private, interest. UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis has written to the Minister for the Cabinet Office, David Lidington MP, calling for a new public service ethos to underpin the delivery of services. In the letter Dave Prentis writes: “It is over twenty years since the Nolan Committee published the seven principles of public life – selflessness, integrity, accountability, openness, honesty, objectivity and leadership – following the cash for questions scandals in the 1990s. “We now need a ‘Nolan’ for our 21st century public services. “If the UK is to have decent public services, the country now needs an equivalent set of principles that will apply to any private company that receives taxpayers’ money to deliver public services. The government should set about establishing these new principles without delay. “Selflessness and integrity mean there can be no place for companies that use tax havens, that blacklist workers for belonging to unions, make it hard for unions to represent t...
Source: UNISON Health care news - Category: UK Health Authors: Tags: Press release dave prentis privatisation public services Source Type: news

Related Links:

Conclusions: The greatest impact of using the miRNAs panel CT scan was decreasing the false positive. miRNAs panel can improve the diagnosis of lung cancer presenting with nodules combined with CT. PMID: 30233883 [PubMed]
Source: Journal of Thoracic Disease - Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Thorac Dis Source Type: research
Conclusions: Patients affected by an invasive ADC with at least another GGO nodule enjoy good OS and DFS with a surgical reiterative approach. Part-solid GGO is associated with GGO progression requiring treatment, but OS is not influenced by the new onset or evolution of GGOs. DFS is affected by the stage of the MC which dictates the treatment strategy. PMID: 30233857 [PubMed]
Source: Journal of Thoracic Disease - Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Thorac Dis Source Type: research
Conclusions: With contemporary staging techniques, so-called occult N2 disease, even with low volume and PET non-avid disease, does not have an indolent course and should still be considered a risk factor for poorer prognosis. PMID: 30233853 [PubMed]
Source: Journal of Thoracic Disease - Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Thorac Dis Source Type: research
Publication date: March 2019Source: International Journal of Paleopathology, Volume 24Author(s): Ileana Micarelli, Robert R. Paine, Mary Anne Tafuri, Giorgio ManziAbstractAn examination of an adult male buried from the post-classical necropolis of La Selvicciola (Viterbo, Latium, Italy; 4th–6th centuries AD) revealed a series of skeletal lesions. The lesions, both proliferative and lytic, ranging in size from small (around 0.01 mm) to extensive (up to 16.00 mm) pits, occurred at multiple sites. A holistic approach assessed lesion type, frequency and location in a differential diagnosis, which included myeloma,...
Source: International Journal of Paleopathology - Category: Pathology Source Type: research
Prostate cancer imaging has become an important diagnostic modality for tumor evaluation. Prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) positron emission tomography (PET) has been extensively studied, and the results are robust and promising. The advent of the PET/magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has added morphofunctional information from the standard of reference MRI to highly accurate molecular information from PET. Different PSMA ligands have been used for this purpose including 68gallium and 18fluorine-labeled PET probes, which have particular features including spatial resolution, imaging quality and tracer biodistributi...
Source: Clinics - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
ConclusionsPlatelet transfusion, anticoagulation, and hypertension have significant associations with expansion in non-surgical cases of SDH. Monitoring these factors may assist triaging these patients.
Source: Journal of Critical Care - Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: research
The objective of this study was to assess the effect of a UV light-based auxiliary illumination on adhesive remnant (AR) removal after orthodontic debonding. Sixty human molars were divided according to the adhesive used for bonding: O-opaque; LF-low fluorescence; and HF-high fluorescence. After debonding, the teeth were subdivided according to the AR removal method: No UV light or With UV light. After AR removal, the teeth were polished. Direct visual analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and time quantification for AR removal analyses were performed (Fisher-Freeman-Halton, Fisher ’ s exact, chi-square trend,...
Source: Brazilian Oral Research - Category: Dentistry Source Type: research
ConclusionsThis study has shown that the M-WL IMRT technique can reduce radiation exposure to the thyroid gland and breast tissue without compromising cardiac protection and 4-dimensional lung volume dose coverage. This report also describes a new dosimetric matching technique between WL IMRT and abdomen and flank fields that will improve normal tissue sparing compared with standard techniques.
Source: Practical Radiation Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Physicochemical properties of the hexosomes containing ketoconazole, are important for topical mycosis treatment administration, conditions of storage, and for its incorporation into formulation of semi-solid dosage forms. PMID: 30231655 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Drug Dev Ind Pharm Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 20 September 2018Source: Materials Science and Engineering: AAuthor(s): Krzysztof Bryła, Maciej Krystian, Jelena Horky, Bernhard Mingler, Krzysztof Mroczka, Paweł Kurtyka, Lidia Lityńska-DobrzyńskaAbstractThe commercial magnesium alloy EZ33A was processed by Equal Channel Angular Pressing (ECAP). Two different tools were used: a conventional one with two channels and one intersection (90°), and a so-called double ECAP (D-ECAP) tool with two intersections (90° and 120°). Four passes were conducted at temperatures subsequently lowered from 350°C down to 240°C using r...
Source: Materials Science and Engineering: A - Category: Materials Science Source Type: research
More News: Contracts | Environmental Health | Government | Health Management | Pensions | PET Scan | UK Health | Warnings