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Daily review 20/11/2019

Written By: - Date published: 5:30 pm, November 20th, 2019 - 19 comments
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19 comments on “Daily review 20/11/2019 ”

  1. Pat 2

    "Because of their short-term contracts, chief executives have limited opportunity to acquire institutional and sector-specific skills on the job. For example, of our 34 departmental chief executives as at August 2019, the average head had been in the job for only two years. In terms of time in the job, things are no better for the second tier of the public service. The same two-year average job duration is found for departmental senior leadership teams. Many of these senior positions are complex ones with a high degree of skill specificity, requiring long learning curves on the job for mastery. This short average job experience is therefore concerning."


    Lost institutional knowledge and capability/capacity…we lost more than public ownership in the 80s reforms…we lost ability…no wonder we cant get anything done

    • +1 (Similar discussion going on on TDB as well)

      IMHO, one of the first things the Coalition should have tackled was PS reform.

    • Ad 2.2

      This government's problem isn't in the Chief Executives now.

      The thing that has really cost them was in not clearing out the Boards which run our big "doing" and "regulating" agencies and replacing them with people who were both qualified and shared their policy objectives.

      As a result the basic criticism anyone can level at this government is simply: failure to execute.

      • Pat 2.2.1

        It goes far deeper than the CEs….the problem is the lack of ability across the board…difficult to learn from someone who has no knowledge,

        Add to that the short term nature of appointments, the rise of the generic manager , a culture of self regulation and you bake in a decline in knowledge and ability;

        This administration has many faults but even if they truly desired transformation and were united in their goals the agencies needed dont exist to implement that.

    • Dukeofurl 2.3

      Yes the shuffling of CEOs and even the middle and senior managers around various PS jobs has become endemic.

      Thats the reason for the short period , on to the next job, and this is with the encouragement of State Services. The short times means they flip before any problems were exposed and move on so its 'no longer their problem'

      Maybe a small number of outstanding people get a small amount of broader experience, but not every Tom Dick and Harriet.

      As for Ministers getting in the way of CEO apponitments , I thought the complaints were this 'wasnt happening enough'

  2. A 3

    This is why we need more accountability in health care.

    "Either the CEO [Fionnagh Dougan] does not have an accurate understanding of the situation on the ground in the hospital, or she is flat out disregarding the very real concerns of her front-line staff.

    "I am really worried about the stress the midwives are under, especially as it appears that their concerns about resourcing and safety are still being fobbed off.

    "I worry that when the CEO publicly contradicts their cries for help, that they will feel so hopeless, that more will resign … The comment that the wards are busy but have capacity is shocking," Waghorn said.

  3. Paaparakauta 4

    Corbyn / Johnson debate analysis


    [lprent: See Moderation note from incognito and deal with it. Otherwise you’ll be flipped into moderation and may stay there. We expect commenters to behave on the site – not act like unresponsive trolls. ]

  4. mac1 5

    The slippery slope of politics safely negotiated by the Speaker, showing the way.

    A children's playground at Parliament. Super idea.

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