Riverside race row manager stays - Union boycotts child deaths inquiry - Hospital sacking threats - ECR 'blunders' - Council opposes private care homes - DGM role faces overhaul

Published: 20/12/2001, Volume III, No.5786 Page 10

Riverside health authority will not dismiss its payroll operations manager for making allegedly racist remarks.Gregory Lauder-Frost, director of the Monday Club's foreign affairs committee, had called in a press article for 'assisted repatriation'of ethnic minorities.

Trade union COHSE is boycotting an inquiry into the deaths of several children at Grantham and Kesteven Hospital, now the subject of criminal proceedings: nurse Beverley Allitt has been charged with the murder of four children and the attempted murder of eight others.

Bradford Hospitals trust is preparing to sack staff who refuse to alter their Whitley Council conditions and sign new contracts.Unions are considering legal action after the trust sent letters to 18 biochemistry staff terminating their existing contracts.

HAs in London are failing to offer patients the choices promised in the internal market reforms because of problems with extra-contractual referrals, which are 'leading to delays and administrative blunders', community health councils report.

Plans by West Berkshire HA to privatise its services for elderly people have been opposed by Berkshire county council.The plans include moving 210 people from NHS hospitals to private nursing homes built for them by 1993.The social services department is concerned about the costs when local authorities take charge of community care.

The role of district general managers needs to change dramatically to cope with the internal market reforms, says the NHS Management Executive. It envisages DGMs as chief executives of united health and family health services authorities forging 'healthy alliances'with other groups.