Published: 17/11/2005 Volume 115 No. 5982 Page 6

Gerry McSorley, new president of the Institute of Healthcare Management, used his opening address to the annual IHM conference in Manchester to fight back against the Conservative Party's attack on management.

Speaking hours before shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley opened an Opposition debate on NHS finances, Mr McSorley described Mr Lansley's attempt to blame the NHS£1bn deficit on spending on administrators as 'astonishing and demoralising'.

See news, page 5.