Short cuts

Published: 15/01/2004, Volume II4, No. 5888 Page 8

Scottish health bodies facing ministerial intervention will have to foot the bill themselves.Scottish health minister Malcolm Chisholm told the Scottish Parliament's health and community care committee that it would be unfair to other health boards if those perceived to be failing were given 'support'paid for by the executive.But he said the executive would have the flexibility to meet some of the costs.Mr Chisholm was giving evidence on the NHS Reform (Scotland) Bill, which will allow ministers to intervene as a last resort when systems are perceived to be failing.