Published: 24/03/2005, Volume II5, No. 5947 Page 28

What are the key aspects of organisational accountability in the public sector? In her new book Quality, Risk and Control in Health Care, Ellie Scrivens, professor of health policy at Keele University, argues that they are trust, control and risk management.

And as director of the Health Care Standards Unit for the Department of Health she is well placed to explain translating private sector thinking on governance into the health service.

The book examines the response of the public sector to the introduction of risk management and internal control systems, and how they might figure in the future.

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