Salisbury Health Care trust was responsible for the 'worst category of racial discrimination'against one of its own consultants when it refused to pay him discretionary points, according to an employment tribunal.It also found the trust had 'humiliated'Dr Mohamed Nasr, head of the trust's department of genito-urinary medicine, in a 'very public way'.He was awarded£18,000 damages.

Consultation on the proposed boundaries of the new strategic health authorities has begun.The views of the public, stakeholders and NHS workers will be taken over the next 12 weeks on the 28 boundaries to be established next year - subject to parliamentary approval - from the 95 health authorities in England.Consultation will end on 30 November.

Over 90 per cent of patients urgently referred for suspected cancer were seen by a specialist within two weeks, according to the latest Department of Health figures, for April - June 2001.

A two-week waiting-time maximum was implemented for all cancers last year, and 92.4 per cent of patients were seen within this time.

Nexus Communications Group has bought Jonathan Street Public Relations Ltd, which lost its contract with London regional office in April.JSPR managing director Jonathan Street said the company had been bought 'lock, stock and barrel', with all staff transferred to the newly named Nexus Healthcare division last week.Mr Street said that becoming part of the company would offer 'wider opportunities'for his staff.

Last week's news focus ('Out of sight, out of mind', pages 1415,6 September) referred to the newly created Mid Essex Community and Mental Health trust.In fact, Mid Essex Community and Mental Health trust merged with Essex and Herts Community trust and North East Essex Mental Health trust to become North Essex Mental Health Partnership trust in April.Mary St Aubyn is chair of the new trust.