The reforms that will count ...
Published 24/09/2010 | 05:00
Redeployment of civil and public servants to ensure better delivery of priority services such as budgets and staffing decline. An extended 8am to 8pm working day in healthcare services, leading to longer opening hours. The introduction of new rosters in healthcare by January 2011, leading to more flexible services and a reduced overtime budget. A review of healthcare service staffing ratios and skills mixes to improve patient care at minimal cost. The introduction of shared services in healthcare, local authorities, education and the civil service, in areas like finance, payroll and HR. Evidence-based performance measurement in healthcare. The extension of competitive and merit-based promotions at all levels. The supervision and substitution scheme for post-primary teachers to be made more flexible. New procedures for redeploying surplus teachers. A review of the teaching contract to remove impediments to teaching and earning. Co-operation with rationalisation of state agencies in the local government sector. Better management and standardisation of annual and sick leave arrangements. Changes to civil service opening hours and attendance arrangements.