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Magazine article Public Finance

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NHS screening and treatment for chlamydia will be available for 16-to-24 year olds at all Boots' pharmacy stores across London from November. The screening will be free and is part of a two-year Department of Health pilot aimed at improving access to sexually transmitted disease screening. The Department of Heath said the advantage in using a private sector provider such as Boots was its high-street position and ability to provide its own staff. If successful, the initiative will be rolled out nationally.

St George's Hospital in south London has become the first hospital in the UK to publish its death rates. St George's has put all its data for specialities on-line, taking into account risk factors such as age. St George's chief executive Peter Homa dismissed concerns that the hospital was oversimplifying data. 1By using carefully developed risk adjustment systems... we can show our patients not only that we have high standards in patient safety, but also that they are steadily improving in the long term,' he said.

The UK's armed forces employ 98.1% of the number of full-time personnel they would like, according to figures released by the Ministry of Defence. Employment figures published by the MoD on August 25 show that it oversees 187,020 full-time staff, against a target of 190,620. Some critics had suggested that the military's commitments in Iraq could discourage youngsters from joining the armed forces, but the new figures represent a rise against previous targets.

Public bodies stipulating brand-specific technical or performance terms in their IT procurements are at 'serious risk of incurring domestic legal proceedings and/or European Union infraction proceedings', the Office of Government Commerce warned last week. …

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