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Friday 24th October 2014

Defence

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill: fifth report of session 2014-15: report, together with minutes relating to the report.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 508.
Corporate Author:
Defence Committee
Author:
Rory Stewart (chairman)

The Committee has proposed a number of amendments to the Bill, including: expanding the Ombudsman's powers to investigate not simply 'maladministration' and injustice but also the substance of the complaint; making the Ombudsman's recommendations binding; allowing the Ombudsman to initiate thematic reviews: and clarifying the structures for independent oversight of the Service Police. The Committee believes that these amendments will strengthen the Ombudsman and increase transparency, accountability and fairness in the complaints system. They will further enshrine the independence of the Ombudsman, rebuild the confidence of Armed Forces personnel in the system, and equip the Ombudsman with a suite of powers to ensure that they could act as a custodian of a complaints system, which is truly efficient, effective and fair.

  • ISBN: 9780215078384
  • 10.00

Finance

Project Verde: sixth report of session 2014-15. Vol. 1: Report, together with formal minutes.

House of Commons papers (2014-15) - 728-I.
Corporate Author:
Treasury Committee
Author:
Andrew Tyrie (chairman)

One of the most significant consequences of Co-op Bank's near-collapse, from a public policy perspective, was the collapse of Lloyds Banking Group's planned divestment under Project Verde. Co-op Bank's withdrawal forced Lloyds to resort to its fallback option of an Initial Public Offering. The result is a new bank, TSB, which, not having an existing banking presence of its own, consists solely of the business divested by Lloyds. Accordingly, it has a personal current account market share not of 7 per cent, but of 4.2 per cent. There is a risk that a bank of this size might struggle to grow significantly and to act as a true challenger in the market. Had Co-op Bank's resulting capital shortfall been uncovered earlier, it is likely that the bank would not have progressed so far with Verde. As it was, the rapid and late emergence of the capital problem led to Co-op's withdrawal from the Verde process at a relatively late stage. The Committee recommends that the FRC investigation and the independent inquiry into the events at Co-op Bank consider the role of KPMG and the FSA in relation to the late emergence of loan impairment and IT losses. On the basis of these findings, the independent inquiry into the events at Co-op Bank should also form a view on whether Co-op's Verde bid could or should have been halted sooner. While it may not have been fully transparent from the start that Co-op Bank's bid was doomed to failure, it was beset by problems from an early stage. But it was not these problems that killed the deal-it was the capital shortfall that emerged only late in the day. It is important, from every angle to determine why the capital shortfall was not uncovered earlier.

  • ISBN: 9780215078438
  • 15.50

Health

Purchasing arrangements with the private sector to provide primary health care in underserved areas: policy brief.

Corporate Author:
World Health Organization. Regional Office for the Western Pacific.
Author:
K. Hort (editor)

Interactions of the private and public sector within national health systems are manifold and not always well understood, and the decision to purchase services is often made in poorly regulated health systems with limited public capacity for health governance. This may lead to unintended consequences from purchasing services from one group of providers. This Policy Brief focuses on the rationale and potential arrangements by which governments could purchase primary health care services from the private sector for currently underserved populations. It aims to provide a structured guide to assist decision-making and selection of purchasing options.

  • ISBN: 9789290616733
  • 13.00

Health

Nurses and midwives in action during emergencies and disasters: case studies from the Western Pacific region.

Corporate Author:
World Health Organization. Regional Office for the Western Pacific.

Nurses and midwives constitute the largest group of health workers who provide a wide range of services. In times of emergencies and disasters, nurses and midwives are also relied on to respond to situation by providing immediate, acute and long-term care to individuals, families and communities. Nursing and midwifery leaders from countries in the Western Pacific were invited to share their experiences in preparing for and responding to emergencies and disasters in their countries or abroad. This publication presents fifteen selected case studies which highlights the multitude of roles and contributions of nurses in different settings, in times of emergencies and disasters, and the analysis of community, health system and nursing and midwifery needs during times of ongoing health threats and disasters.

  • ISBN: 9789290616047
  • 13.00

Health

Social protection: shared interests in vulnerability reduction and development.

Social determinants of health sectoral briefing series 4.
Corporate Author:
World Health Organization

Social protection services and income transfers are put in place by governments to reduce households vulnerability to poverty, to manage risks and counteract the negative impacts that unexpected life events may have on their income, wealth or health, and to lift them out of chronic poverty. Vulnerability, unexpected life events, and impoverishment not only have an impact on low- and middle-income countries but also on high-income countries, where unemployment resulting from economic crises and cuts in public spending, can increase economic insecurity for millions of people in middle-income brackets.

  • ISBN: 9789241503655
  • 17.50

Health

Action plan for healthy newborn infants in the Western Pacific region (2014-2020).

Corporate Author:
World Health Organization. Regional Office for the Western Pacific

A newborn infant dies every two minutes in the Western Pacific Region. Some 230 000 newborn infants die each year. This is unacceptable on any terms, but doubly unacceptable when the knowledge and tools exist to save 50 000 newborn infant lives annually. Under-five mortality has been reduced by two thirds in the last two decades, but this is largely because interventions have reduced the risks and improved the treatment for children who survive the neonatal period. This Regional Action Plan identifies bold steps that can be taken to provide all newborn infants with a set of appropriate health-care interventions. WHO Western Pacific Region and UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Region are committed to supporting national action based on the Regional Action Plan. It shows how governments, United Nations agencies, and other stakeholders can contribute to a healthy start for every newborn infant in the Region.

  • ISBN: 9789290616634
  • 13.00