WW photo: Sharon BlackBaltimore is a city that has been in the headlines in recent weeks because of the Black Lives Matter movement and the righteous rebellion against police terror in the wake of the murder of Freddie Grey. However, what has been overshadowed since then is the continuing crisis of water shutoffs in the city.Beginning in early April, the Baltimore City Department of Public Works began shutting off water to properties that were behind on their water bills. This list includes about 25,000 properties and $40 million in unpaid water bills. While the debt may seem considerable to some, it was discovered that roughly $15 million of it was caused by fewer than 400 commercial properties.It was also discovered that none of those commercial properties, some owing millions of dollars, had their water service turned off, while many poor and working people were forced to lose their water supply.In response to this human rights crisis, the People’s Power Assembly began a campaign to end the water shutoffs. Several caravans were set up to travel the city and organize the most impacted communities to fight back.One of the major demands of the PPA was that the City Council hold hearings and enact a moratorium on any further shutoffs of residential properties until the commercial properties had paid their bills. Hundreds of petition signatures were collected demanding an end to the shutoffs.In early June, City Councilmember Carl Stokes introduced such a resolution that would put a moratorium on residential shutoffs until the commercial accounts had been paid. Hearings were scheduled for June 24.On the day of the hearings, the People’s Power Assembly and other Baltimore activists held a press conference and picket outside of City Hall.Inside during the hearings, protesters urged support for Stokes’ resolution, while also demanding that more be done to help the most economically oppressed sections of Baltimore. Activists raised the connection of water affordability to the ongoing problem of gentrification.As a proposed partial solution to the water crisis in Baltimore, the PPA brought the council’s attention to a recent bill passed by the Philadelphia City Council that ties the price of water to the income of the resident.Such a water affordability system would be a strong first step to ensuring access to water for everyone. It would also place the majority of the financial burden of paying for the water system on the wealthy and those most able to pay.With the current level of technological development, clean water is a fundamental human right which should be freely accessible and available to all.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Follow the news on Burundi Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalists The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News to go further Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention BurundiAfrica News RSF_en Receive email alerts News June 1, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist jailed for publicly criticising the government BurundiAfrica Reports October 21, 2020 Find out more June 5, 2020 Find out more November 27, 2020 Find out more Organisation Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders has requested that Burundi’s intelligence service drop its legal proceedings against Burundi Press Agency (Agence burundaise de presse, ABP) journalist Aloys Kabura. Kabura has been detained in the central prison of Ngozi (northern Burundi) since 31 May 2006. The journalist, who recently wrote an article implicating the police in sugar smuggling, was apprehended for comments he made in a bar in Kayanza (northern Burundi), publicly criticising the government.Kabura was arrested late on 31 May in Kayanza by the Burundi Police, who had an arrest warrant from the city prosecutor, Jean-Paul Manwagari. His arrest arose from a charge of “rebellion” filed by the national documentation service (an intelligence agency), who accused the journalist of having made “defamatory statements about the government in the presence of witnesses on 21 April.” Kabura is accused of having criticised the government’s attitude and the brutality shown by the police when 20 journalists were confined illegally in the home of a deputy in Bujumbura for half a day on 17 April. According to the penal code, the journalist is subject to a sentence of two months in prison and/or a fine of 5,000 Burundi francs (approx. 4 euros).The ABP journalist, who claims to have been under surveillance and threatened by police, had written a news report in January on the smuggling of sugar to neighbouring Rwanda, which was allegedly covered up by the police.MORE IN
Uganda urged to free two journalist held since last week on libel charges Help by sharing this information News News —–21.05.2012 – Newspaper journalist granted conditional release after being attacked in prisonReporters Without Borders calls for the withdrawal of all charges against Daily Monitor correspondent Perez Rumanzi, who was released on bail on 17 May after spending a night in an overcrowded prison in the southwestern town of Ntungamo and being repeatedly beaten by fellow inmates.A judge had ordered Rumanzi placed in pre-trial custody for two weeks on 16 May after he failed to produce two people to stand surety for him. He is charged with “inciting violence” as a result of an argument with presidential security personnel while covering a service in the town’s Kyamate cathedral on 29 April that was attended by First Lady Janet Museveni.“We take note of Rumanzi’s conditional release but we condemn the beatings to which he was subjected in prison,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This violence must be investigated. Without defending the words he used with the security forces, we think the criminal proceedings brought against him are completely disproportionate and inappropriate, and we call for all the charges to be dropped. He has already suffered enough.”Rumanzi was accredited to cover the cathedral service and had already taken photos inside the cathedral, but he left and was denied entry when he tried to go back. When he insisted on his right to re-enter the cathedral, the presidential bodyguards arrested him for obstructing their work and posing a threat to the First Lady’s security, and handed him over to the police. After he made aggressive comments about the presidential security, the police held him for two days in a police station without charging him and then let him go. It was when he appeared in court two weeks later, on 16 May, that the charge of inciting violence was brought against him and the judge remanded him in custody for two weeks.Describing his prison ordeal to Reporters Without Borders, Rumanzi said: “They beat me three times. I think my attackers were acting on orders from someone because the other detainees were not beaten for such a long time.”Rumanzi is facing a possible three-year jail sentence. The case is due to be tried on 19 June.Photo: Perez Rumanzi RSF_en Ugandan president threatens to “bankrupt” leading daily News UgandaAfrica June 4, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Uganda March 12, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Reporters Without Borders has learnt that the Ugandan justice authorities have dropped charges of incitement to violence brought against the journalist Perez Rumanzi in April this year. At a hearing in Ntungamo, yesterday, the director of public prosecutions announced he no longer had any interest in pursuing the case and was dropping criminal proceedings. “The dropping of charges against Perez Rumanzi is a sensible decision which we had been expecting for some time,” the press freedom organization said. “The prosecutor has decided to put an end to proceedings that had little chance of a conviction, since the charge of incitement to violence is not legally recognized. It is nonetheless regrettable that we have had to endure seven months of procedure before this positive outcome was reached.”Rumanzi, a correspondent for The Daily Monitor, told Reporters Without Borders he was relieved that he was no longer under suspicion in a case that could have earned him three months in prison but he regretted that he was unable to face his accusers in public. to go further Receive email alerts November 29, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Prosecutor drops case against Ugandan journalist Perez Rumanzi UgandaAfrica Uganda blocks social media and messaging apps, isolating election January 13, 2021 Find out more
News June 9, 2021 Find out more Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists to go further RSF_en Although a number of journalists and netizens have been freed in the past few days, the crackdown on media and journalists is continuing. The daily Etemad was suspended on 1 March and the weekly Iran Dokht’s licence has been cancelled. At the same time, journalists continue to be arrested in Tehran and many others throughout the country have received summonses. “Why must these journalists offer apologies when all they did was inform their fellow citizens?” the press freedom organisation added. “After arresting 110 journalists and censoring at least 20 media in the past eight months, it is the government that should request the forgiveness of its victims when it releases them.” Organisation Follow the news on Iran Receive email alerts After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Journalists held by the intelligence ministry are being subjected to considerable pressure to publicly ask the Revolution’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, for forgiveness. The Islamic Republic’s prosecutor-general, Golamhosien Mohssenie Ejehie, said last week that “repentance” was “one of the conditions” for the release of political prisoners. News Three journalists were freed on 1 March. They were Biste Saleha editor Mohammad Reza Moghisseh, who was arrested on 14 October, Mahsa Jazini of the Isfahan-based daily Iran, who was arrested on 7 February, and Foad Sadeghi, the editor of the Ayandenews website, who was arrested on 12 February. Kivan Mehrgan of Etemad, who was arrested on 28 December, was freed on 2 March. All four were released on bail pending trial. March 18, 2021 Find out more Akbar Montajabi, an Iran Dokht journalist who was arrested on 7 February, is still being held. Iran Dokht’s licence was cancelled on the orders of the Press Surveillance Commission, an offshoot of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, for “non-compliance with the press law,” the same reason that the ministry has given for closing many pro-reform publications in the past. In an article in Etemad, the pro-reform parliamentarians requested the release of the full version of the report by the parliamentary commission that was appointed to investigate the incident. The Iranian authorities have meanwhile questioned the video’s authenticity. News IranMiddle East – North Africa March 3, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two newspapers closed, detained journalists under pressure to request forgiveness Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News Help by sharing this information IranMiddle East – North Africa Etemad was suspended after publishing the reactions of pro-reform parliamentarians to video footage broadcast by BBC Persian showing police and militiamen beating and clubbing students during a raid on the Tehran university campus on 15 June that was apparently filmed by the security forces themselves. “The release of a number of journalists is obviously good news but we continue to demand the release of all the journalists and netizens being held arbitrarily, in violation of Iran’s laws, including those convicted without due process,” Reporters Without Borders said. February 25, 2021 Find out more
Twitter Newsx Adverts 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kennedy tells Derry politicians “I have no money for rail upgrade” Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By News Highland – August 25, 2011 The transport minister in the North has again expressed his commitment to the Derry to Coleraine rail link, but said he does not have the funding to upgrade the line.Danny Kennedy met with Derry MLAs, MPs and councillors yesterday to discuss the future of the service….Last week Mr Kennedy announced work on link would be delayed because of a lack of funding.A full upgrade – costing £75m – will now not be completed until 2016-17.Instead safety work will start next year. A third of passengers will be transferred by bus while the work is underway.A meeting, chaired by the Mayor of Derry, Maurice Devenney was held yesterday.The meeting was attended by Derry MLAs, MPs and councillors, as well as Tranport Minister Danny Kennedy.Speaking after the meeting, Danny Kennedy said he simply didn’t have access to the necessary levels of funding to upgrade the Derry rail link. WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Previous articleDonegal Airport promises continuity of service on Dublin routeNext articleHarte fears delay in Back to School allowance will impact on students News Highland WhatsApp Google+ Twitter
ColumnsIndependence Day : What Does Freedom Mean When Institutions Carry Colonial Baggage? Manu Sebastian14 Aug 2020 8:16 PMShare This – x’The Constitution sought to bring in an attitudinal shift in the approach of the institutions even while retaining their colonial structure, by redefining the nature of the relationship between the individual and the State’.’Naya Kanoon’ (New Constitution’), an Urdu short story written by Saadat Hasan Manto, conveys the thought that a mere change of regime does not necessarily result in the change of living conditions of the marginalized. The story was written in the backdrop of the enactment of the Government of India Act 1935. The protagonist of the story, Mangu, a tongawalla, overhears his passengers…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?Login’Naya Kanoon’ (New Constitution’), an Urdu short story written by Saadat Hasan Manto, conveys the thought that a mere change of regime does not necessarily result in the change of living conditions of the marginalized. The story was written in the backdrop of the enactment of the Government of India Act 1935. The protagonist of the story, Mangu, a tongawalla, overhears his passengers talking about the naya kanoon (the GoI Act 1935). He thinks that the new will elevate his status as a citizen in British India. On the day of the arrival of the ‘new constitution’, he dares to question the rude behaviour of an English police officer. This results in him being locked up. Though he keeps on shouting “naya kanoon”, he soon realizes that nothing has changed for him. One can say that the poor Mangu of this story was under a false belief as he did not realize that the Government of India Act 1935 was aimed at only consolidating the colonial administrative machinery in British India, without providing any guarantee of rights to the natives. But what about the Independence of India, which put an end to over 200-years of oppressive British rule and the subsequent adoption of the Constitution, which guaranteed fundamental rights to citizens?. The situation imagined in Naya Kannon did not just remain fictional. It had a translation of sorts into reality, going by the example of a political prisoner named A K Gopalan. Gopalan, a communist leader, was under detention of the Madras Government at the time of independence. Contrary to his hopes, he was refused release on the day of independence. Undaunted by the detention, he organized a small meeting within the jail to celebrate independence and hoisted the national flag. Gopalan had to face a fresh charge of sedition for this act of ‘defiance’ in free India! (as per an account given by noted civil liberties lawyer K G Kannabiran in his book “Wages of Impunity”). The situation had a recurrence even after the adoption of the Constitution when the Courts upheld Gopalan’s preventive detention under the Preventive Detention Act 1950 (which was enacted a month after the adoption of the Constitution). In fact, Gopalan was under detention since 1947, which was regularized under the new detention law enacted after the adoption of the Constitution. The Courts’ reductive reading of the fundamental right to personal liberty meant that Gopalan’s status remained the same in British India, Independent India and even in the Republic of India. He might have sighed internally, ‘naya kanoon’!. Do we hear similar sighs of despair when the country is celebrating its 74th Independence Day? As per the Gandhian talisman, the justness of a situation has to be evaluated from the perspective of the most helpless and poorest man. Application of this test means that it is the perspective of the poor and the marginalized which matters the most to adjudge the success of independent India. One need not go for in-depth empirical studies for such analysis. The unspeakable horrors inflicted on the class of migrant workers by the nationwide lockdown and COVID-19 pandemic is a tragic example. A humanitarian crisis of horrific magnitude unfolded, leaving lakhs without food and money when the country was shutdown fearing a pandemic. Several of them were forced to walk hundreds of kilometers, taking kids and the elderly along, in a desperate attempt to reach their native places from cities. As per a recent survey, 23% migrant workers walked to their village homes during the lockdown. About 12% were beaten by the police, while 40% faced food scarcity during the journey home. Hundreds of them lost their lives due to the lockdown-induced duress. All this while, the institutions watched their miseries with apathy. The lockdown exposed how weak is our concept of ‘welfare state’ in practice (As a social media user commented quite powerfully, ‘COVID-19 did not break the system, but exposed a broken system’). The judiciary too kept its eyes shut to the migrants’ crisis, and woke up late, only after public criticism grew loud.Fearing about an India where freedom becomes a privilege of a select elite, Dr. B R Ambedkar had warned that mere political equality without social and economic equality would be meaningless. The Preamble to the Constitution guarantees “justice for all: Social, economic, and political…”. The placement of “social” and “economic” before “political” is not just accidental. It underlines that without social and economic justice, political justice will remain a mirage, and democracy will remain just in form and not in substance – this would mean that the independence of India would remain only a political act resulting in the mere transfer of power and change of rulers, without providing true liberation to the people. Commenting that independence and even the advent of the Constitution did not mark a break in continuity with the colonial system of governance, Kannabiran had said, “The advent of Independence was just an event which did not disturb the continuity; it did not announce a change in the existing social order…Like the British, politicians and political parties in independent India continued to define governance in terms of power”. In fact, even the Courts have seen the Constitution as a continuance from where the British left off and not as a severance. In State of Gujarat v. Vora Fiddali Badruddin Mithibarwala (AIR 1964 SC 1043), a 7-judge bench of the Court said that the promulgation of the Constitution was a “mere change in the form of the Government”. “It has also to be remembered that promulgation of the Constitution did not result in transfer of sovereignty from the Dominion of India to the Union. It was merely change in the form of Government. There is no warrant for holding that at the stroke of midnight of the 25th January, 1950, all our pre existing political institutions ceased to exist, and in the next moment arose a new set of institutions completely unrelated to the past. The Constituent Assembly moulded no new sovereignty : it merely gave shape to the aspirations of the people by destroying foreign control and evolving a completely democratic form of Government as a republic. The process was not one of destruction, but of evolution”, the Court observed. Echoing the same view, the Supreme Court in 1986 set aside the judgment of a full bench of the Bombay HC which had observed that the “Constitution made a break with the past and had made absolutely a new, original and vital beginning”. “Historical evidence shows that our Constitution did not make a break with the past but was the result of a process of evolution. Politically India achieved her own independence, but legally and constitutionally the independence of India was an act of the British Parliament. The legal and constitutional basis of our independence was the Indian Independence Act, 1947, and it was in the exercise of power conferred by that Act that the Constituent Assembly adopted and enacted the Constitution of India”, SC observed in this case Umaji Keshao Mesharam vs Smt Radhika Bhai AIR 1986 SC 1272. These observations might seem counter-intuitive, but the Court was just being descriptive here. While it is true that our institutions are built on the structure left by the British, the troubling aspect is that they have also internalized some of the regressive colonial mindsets. Kannabiran lamented that “our failure to evolve a new system of jurisprudence and the continuation of the British-Indian traditions was responsible for the characteristically colonial response of the Supreme Court to a state of emergency and the Maintenance of Internal Security Act in ADM Jabalpur”. Justice O Chinnappa Reddy, SC judge, had also expressed similar views in the context of AK Gopalan decision by saying “The majority of judges appeared to be still under the influence of the old colonial jurisprudence and oblivious to the fact that what they were expounding was the jurisprudence of a new constitution for the people who had just freed themselves from colonial rule”. These comments ring true even now when we see Courts using criminal contempt against critical voices on the ground of ‘scandalizing the court'(which is yet another colonial vestige). The Constitution sought to bring in an attitudinal shift in the approach of the institutions even while retaining their colonial structure, by redefining the nature of the relationship between the individual and the State. Individuals are no longer subjects at the mercy of the rulers, but are rights-bearing citizens who can demand accountability from the State. But there has been a failure to actualize this Constitutional vision. That is why misuse of sedition law, rampant application of draconian laws, preventive detention of political dissidents, extrajudicial killings, custodial deaths, starvation deaths, farmer suicides, curfews, communication blockades etc., still continue to make news, much like the colonial times. The rumblings of the Rowlatt Act and the fire-cries of General Dyer still echo in modern India, in the seventh decade of Independence. The curtailment of various fundamental rights of nearly 13 million people of Jammu and Kashmir attainted its first anniversary ten days ago, without undergoing any serious scrutiny from the Courts regarding the necessity and proportionality of the restrictions. In Assam, a big question mark looms over the citizenship of nearly 20 lakh people, after a questionable process of NRC – probably the biggest disenfranchisement measure in a democratic country.Persons showing citizenship documents in Assam NRC processOn the other end, we have stunning accounts of India’s growth. There are inspiring success stories of Indian entrepreneurs. Indian economy, at one point of time in the recent past, was the fastest growing economy in the world. The survival of Indian democratic forms for over seven decades, even as many of our neighbours sank into blatant methods of autocracy, has been hailed world across. Our Supreme Court’s doctrine of basic structure and evolution of PIL jurisprudence are cited and followed in several foreign jurisdictions as a bulwark against authoritarian tendencies. These aspects make us proud. Yet, not every Indian is not in a position to share this pride. As India surged in its development, its disparities also grew along. In the words of economist MohanGuruswamy, “If India were to be horizontally sliced by income, it can be said to be three overlaid countries. The one below is akin to sub-Saharan Africa, another to South-East Asian neighbourhood barring Singapore and the topmost layer enjoying the lifestyles and living standards of a middling European nation”. Access to education, health care, and justice is still out of bounds for a major section of the population. These situations make one ask: whose freedom are we celebrating? Article 51A of the Constitution makes it a fundamental duty of a citizen to ” cherish and follow the noble ideals which inspired our national struggle for freedom”. And our freedom struggle was inspired by the firm belief that “it is the inalienable right of the Indian people to have freedom and to enjoy the fruits of their toil and have the necessities of life, so that they may have full opportunities of growth”. The leaders of the freedom movement also believed that “if any government deprives a people of these rights and oppresses them the people have a further right to alter it or to abolish it”. Unquestioned obedience to authority is the trait of a subject and not a citizen, which cannot co-exist with the ideals of freedom struggle. Rights will be subservient to power when the mentality of subjecthood prevails. Freedom should not be a reward of conformity. Without the awakening of a nationwide citizen-consciousness, shedding of the colonial baggage by institutions, and liberation of rights-discourse from the jurisprudence of power, independence will remain just ceremonial. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Previous articleLocal woman living close to OZ wildfires says fear is palpableNext articleCrows to fly Cathal McShane out for training News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook Number of people on trolleys today would fill LUH twice over Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest By News Highland – January 6, 2020 The number of people waiting for in-patient beds across the country today would fill Letterkenny University Hospital twice over, the INMO has confirmed.The organization has described today as the worst ever day for trolley overcrowding since records began with a total of 760 people waiting at hospitals across the country.There were 37 people awaiting in-patient beds at Letterkenny University Hospital this morning according to the INMO with 11 on trolleys in its Emergency Department.The organization say that the number of patients on trolleys this morning would more than fill the largest hospital in the state, St. James (707 beds) or take more than twice the equivalent of Letterkenny University Hospital (333 beds).University Hospital Limerick has also broken the daily record for an individual hospital, with 92 patients on trolleys. The previous highest figure was 82, also in Limerick.The INMO is calling for a major incident protocol to be adopted across the country, as was done in March 2018. This would likely see all non-emergency admissions stopped, electives cancelled, and extra bed capacity sourced from the private and public sectors.The union is also calling for an infection control plan, as overcrowding increases infection risks. Google+ Pinterest Homepage BannerNews
ThamKC/iStock(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) — The Birmingham, Ala., community is pleading for the safe return of a 3-year-old girl, days after she was allegedly abducted.At a Monday night vigil, Jasmaine Deloach, the head of Angel Arms Operation Exploited and Missing Persons in Birmingham, spoke directly to the unknown person who took Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney.“She might not even remember who you are, so if you have any heart, please let her go,” Deloach said. “She’s a little kid that barely probably can even say what color you are.”“I do not want you to harm her,” Deloach said. “Don’t have any kind of hate in your heart to hurt that child. We’re asking and we’re begging and we’re pleading … bring this baby home.”Kamille was playing with other children at an outdoor birthday party in Birmingham on Saturday night when she vanished, authorities said. An Amber Alert was issued.Investigators believe Kamille was picked up by an unknown man in an older, dark-colored Toyota Sequoia with beige trim. The vehicle was found Sunday after police received several tips from citizens in the community, Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith said.Smith said Monday that police had no information on Kamille’s whereabouts but two persons of interest were being questioned.“I just want to thank everybody for being here. Just continue to pray for Cupcake’s safe return,” the little girl’s grandmother, Lekisha Simpson, said at Monday’s vigil. “To the public, to everybody, if you see say something, say something. If you know, don’t be afraid to say.”Smith said Monday, “We will not end our command post or our search until we’ve found some resolution.”Police ask anyone with information on her whereabouts to immediately call 911 or Birmingham police at 205-254-1757.Deloach said if the kidnapper does not want to call police, he or she can call the Angel Arms Operation missing persons group at 205-585-8076.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
The role of the nurse consultantOn 1 Dec 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Being a nurse consultant is a way for OH nurses to progress while remainingin clinical practiceMany people don’t yet understand the role of the nurse consultant, saidTammie Daly, who was appointed the first OH nurse consultant earlier this year.In her presentation to the conference on the role of nurse consultants, sheexplained how they play a vital part in improving service and quality of careand strengthening leadership. And, for OH nurses who want to progress without moving into management,taking the nurse consultant route is a valuable way of progressing whileremaining in clinical practice. Daly described the processes involved in creating a post, how to apply forfunding, the key requirements of the post and the challenges involved in performingthe role. Describing the four core functions of the role, she explained that nurseconsultants continue to perform expert clinical practice for 50 per cent oftheir time. The remainder is divided up between providing professional leadership andconsultancy, helping in the education, training and development of staff and”making a tangible difference to how clients are cared for” byresearch and evaluation. “Part of my role,” she said, “is to encourage other people tobecome nurse consultants.” However, in terms of remuneration, she was atpains to point out she is not drawing the optimum salary of £45,000 mentionedin the July Occupational Health news story on her appointment. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.
Top heavy UK fails to improve productivityOn 10 Dec 2002 in Personnel Today Theproportion of managers in the UK workforce is now the second largest in theworld, but staff still lack motivation and productivity is still poor.Newresearch from the Economic and Social Research Council’s Future of Workprogramme, shows that one in eight people supervise others, while a fifth ofcompanies have increased the number of managers.Despitethis, productivity in the UK still lags behind the US, which has the largestproportion of managers, as well as trailing most companies in Europe.ProfessorPeter Nolan, a lecturer at Leeds University, said the growing number ofmanagers was failing to have an impact on productivity because basic HRmeasures were not being implemented.”Weneed more HR in the UK and more training,” he said. “HR practiceshave a positive impact on business performance, but there are too few companiesfollowing that idea.” Nolansaid more resources should be put into training so employees could build skillsand learn to manage themselves.”Wehave a problem in this country with too much supervision. We talk aboutempowering people and teams, but not enough organisations in Britain are doingthat,” he said.Accordingto the research, most staff lack any effective voice or representation at workand only 26 per cent of managers consulted employee representatives.Nolansaid the vast majority of companies were ignoring even the most basic HRmeasures and as a result had workforces with low job satisfaction and poormotivation. Theresearch into 2,000 organisations shows that family- friendly policies havefailed to take off and the majority of managers have not harnessed technologyto help in their job.”It’sbeen proved that HR does make a huge difference where companies align peoplemanagement policies with business strategy,” Nolan added.ByRoss Wighamwww.esrc.ac.uk Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article