Long Term Health Trends. Derek Wanless sets out predictions about long term health trends and calculates the resources needed to meet the challenges presented by those trends. As making predictions over a twenty year period is difficult "Securing Our Future Health: Taking A Long-Term View" sets out three scenarios in which the population vary the level of engagement with their own health, life expectancy varies and the responsiveness of the healthcare system to rates of technology take-up differs.
By HM Treasury, UK.
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Reforming Public Services. The Adam Smith Institute, a free market think tank in the UK argue that public services must be changed, not just funded. This report outlines the new vision for the NHS and state education which would make them more innovative and consumer focussed. The key is to make the public services producers 'free?standing, self?owned and independent'. "The New Shape of Public Services" by Eamonn Butler and Madsen Pirie is published by the Adam Smith Institute.
By Adam Smith Institute, UK.
Private Finance, Public Services. The Commission on Public Private Partnerships, conducted over the past two years by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), was set up ?to introduce greater clarity to partnership arrangements? between the public and private sectors and ?to produce a set of authoritative guidelines which will inform the use of partnership in the future?. This response produced by the Health Policy and Health Services Research Unit argues that while the Commission was critical of certain past projects it failed to ask more fundamental questions about the role of markets and for-profit operators in the delivery of health care, education, long term care and other public services. "Public Services and the Private Sector: A response to the IPPR" by Allyson Pollock, Jean Shaoul, David Rowland and Stewart Player is published by Catalyst.
By Catalyst, UK.
Drugs. Use of illegal drugs is increasingly common, yet there has been little serious discussion of the underlying causes, or whether existing prevention policies are effective. This summary brings together findings from two inquiries that received support from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and which were designed to consider how UK drugs policy should move forward. One of the key findings is that, in 1997-98, 75 per cent of the £1.4 billion committed to tackling drug misuse was spent on law enforcement. Treatment and rehabilitation programmes claimed 13 per cent, and 12 per cent went on education and prevention. This paper could be read alongside The Decriminalisation of Cannabis, an essay by Peter Lilley MP for the Social Market Foundation - published exclusively by Policy Library.
By Joseph Rowntree Foundation, UK.