Short cuts

All NHS employers must be in a position by April 2000 to tackle racial harassment by staff or patients under a new government campaign launched by former health minister Alan Milburn. Targets for reducing incidents will be set and a public awareness campaign will aim to drive home the message that racism will not be tolerated in any NHS setting. The campaign is being backed by the Institute of Health Services Management, which says years of discrimination have deterred young black people from joining the NHS, exacerbating recruitment and retention problems, particularly among nurses.