Short cuts

Published: 31/01/2002, Volume II2, No. 5790 Page 8

Scottish health minister Malcolm Chisholm has announced that frontline staff are to be given more say in policy-making and stronger rights on issues such as grading and grievances.Speaking at the fourth annual NHS partnership conference in Edinburgh last week, Mr Chisholm said staff would be given a voice in national policy-making via a strengthened strategic role for the Scottish Partnership Forum.He also outlined new national standards of staff governance to track issues such as training, fair treatment and health and safety at work.And guidelines on employee capability and employee concerns will allow trusts to 'move away from the historical use of disciplinary procedures'and spread best practice in dealing with grading, freedom of speech and grievances.