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What can health boards, or any public service, learn from the battle of El Alamein?

‘Not much’ would have been my answer before Christmas, but Santa brought something that changed my mind. Alamein by Stephen Bungay (external link). A former management consultant turned historian, Bungay brings a fresh insight to history by applying modern management thinking. Nominally focused on the 1942 El Alamein battles (external link), the book is really the story…

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To pay or not to pay

I’m a firm supporter of our publicly funded health service and would stand by my belief that if and when I or any of my family should need help, I would look to the NHS as the first point of call. After all, Aneurin Bevan created a health service which was free at the point…

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Organisational change at Natural Resources Wales

Public service re-organisation is never far from conversation in Wales, particularly given the future mergers proposed for local government. One public body that has already dealt with a significant amount of change is Natural Resources Wales (NRW). The Welsh Government created NRW on 1 April 2013, replacing three legacy bodies – the Countryside Council for…

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Devolution at 16 – What now for Wales?

In the following blog post Mike Usher, reflecting on his recent speech at the Devolution Wales conference, looks at what’s next for Wales with devolution now in its teens. Mike looks back over the key audit findings of the last few years and addresses both the forward challenges we face and the requirement that brings…

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How to live by the code

David Jones, a member of our Financial Audit – Tech Team, was recently asked to speak at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) Local Government Accounting Conference. He told us what he was there for… There are many ominous-sounding terms in auditing and accounting; risk management, scrutinise, accountability, measured, qualified opinion. But…