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NHS trusts and health authorities have been told to draw up a records management strategy by April 2001 to make sure records are properly controlled, readily accessible and eventually archived or disposed of. Guidance from the NHS Executive says all NHS bodies should have a senior manager responsible for records and ensure their policies are in line with national strategies.

For the Record: managing records in NHS trusts and health authorities. www.doh.gov.uk/nhsexec/

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Welsh health minister Jon Owen Jones has thanked staff at Health Promotion Wales for their work since it was formed in 1987. Its functions are being transferred today to the Welsh Office, which will pass them on to the Welsh assembly.

A citizens' jury commissioned by Portsea Island primary care group in Hampshire has endorsed the concept of PCGs, concluding that GPs are 'best placed' to make decisions about 'rationing' as long as they consult widely and adopt a public profile. The citizens' jury is thought to be the first commissioned by a PCG.

The NHS Primary Care Group Alliance has expressed 'concern' about the varied amounts of money available for PCG management, which range from less than£2 a head to more than£5. 'It has often been a case of giving the PCG what the HA has available, rather than both sitting down and working out exactly what the PCG is going to do, and how much it needs for it,' said a spokesperson. 'It does not bode well for the future.'

Porters at a Yorkshire trust are planning weekly strikes in a campaign for union recognition and against plans to change staff terms and conditions. Members of the GMB union at Rotherham District General Hospital have already held two one-day strikes in support of calls for the GMB to be recognised by Rotherham General Hospitals trust for collective bargaining.