Magazine article Public Finance

News: In Brief

Magazine article Public Finance

News: In Brief

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* Frances Done, managing director of local government at the Audit Commission, has resigned and will leave in midOctober. Done has served at the commission for three years and said she was frustrated with having to spend so much time away from her home in Manchester.

* Health minister Rosie Winterton has announced that £50m is being made available over the next two years to help refurbish hospices. Marie Curie Cancer Care is to receive ElOm, with other hospices in England bidding for a slice of the rest as part of the government's drive to improve end-oflife care.

* Network Rail has been fined £200,000 and service firm Amey £300,000 for health and safety law breaches that contributed to the Southall train derailment The accident was caused by poor points maintenance and a fractured piece of track.

* Doctors in Scotland say the NHS there is facing a shortfall of 750 GPs within six years because not enough are being trained. …

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