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Public Sector Network Newsletter • June 2017
Jeremy Hunt: message to NHS staff in support of their excellent work

The Secretary of State for Health says his mission is to support NHS staff in delivering the safest and highest quality care in the world.

When I was first made Health Secretary I said it was the biggest privilege of my life, and so it has proved. What I didn’t realise then was that it would also become my biggest passion – working in health is not just a job but a vocation.

The election period reinforced more acutely than ever the incredible work of the NHS, particularly the way staff dealt first with the global cyber-attack and then with horrendous terror attacks in Manchester and London.

After the Manchester bombing I met nurses caring for bereaved families with incredible compassion, whilst in London I heard stories of doctors who cycled the length of the city at 2am just because they wanted to help.

These stories speak to a wider truth: NHS staff do an amazing job, often in the most difficult of circumstances. And it is this which brings us all together – our great belief in the NHS, what it stands for and what we believe it can be. Your compassion, energy, dynamism...

Ofsted seek views on improved approach to short inspections - Consultation proposes changes to make the conversion process more manageable for all involved. Short inspections began in September 2015 as a proportionate approach to inspecting schools previously judged to be good. They last for one day and begin with the assumption that the school remains good...

Minister supports police action to tackle knife crime - Safeguarding Minister Sarah Newton encourages more police forces to join Operation Sceptre to tackle knife crime. The Home Office hosted an event for police forces across the country to try to break the cycle of knife crime. At the briefing, minister...
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Poll: half of Brits believe background determines success - Social mobility barometer exposes pessimism among young people and stark geographical divide. The scale of Britain’s ‘us and them’ society is laid bare in a new report which finds that nearly half of people (48%) believe that where you end up in society today is mainly determined by your background and who your parents are. This compares with 32% who believe everyone has a fair chance to get on regardless of their background. The social mobility barometer uncovers feelings...

DWPEmployment reaches record high - Official figures released today show the number of people in work has never been higher since records began in 1971.According to the Office of National Statistics, the employment rate is at a joint record high of 74.8%, with 31.95 million people now in work – an increase of 372,000 on the year. This rise has been driven by full time work with average weekly earnings up by 2.1% including bonuses. Meanwhile there are 50,000 fewer unemployed people with unemployment remaining at its lowest rate since 1975 at 4.6%. Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, David Gauke said: "This government wants to give everyone the opportunity to succeed, regardless of where they live...
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