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The role of public services managers in delivering A Better Wales was placed firmly in the spotlight. ...
The role of public services managers in delivering A Better Wales was placed firmly in the spotlight.

Finance, local government and public service minister Sue Essex highlighted the importance of public service managers working together across political, cultural and organisational boundaries to deliver top class public services across Wales.

In a speech to the Public Sector Management Initiative (PSMI) conference on Friday the Minister told public service managers how they can play their part in helping to deliver the Welsh Assembly Government's strategic vision, Wales: A Better Country.

The minister said that the assembly wants to make Wales a better country for all and it wants to do this in ways that do not compromise the future.

'If we are to be a successful nation, we need to develop a share agenda for public service organisations so that we are all pulling in the same direction, for the same team, towards the same goals,' said the minister.

'The all-Wales vision set out in Wales: A Better Country must be carried forward in ways that reflect differing circumstances in different parts of Wales. We are not talking about 'one size fits all' but about working together in the spirit of genuine partnership.'

The minister said that the focus must be on what matter to people in Wales - results. Output and outcome information is the bottom line since this will tell us whether we are really on course to deliver a better country.

She concluded, 'Good public services depend on the people who provide them. A good deal of excellent work is being done in delivering better services. While good practice is being shared, I am sure there is more that can be done to share what works well across organisational boundaries. PSMI can help bring public services closer together and help bring about real change.'

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