A review of the legal liability of people serving on NHS and other public service boards has been welcomed by the NHS Confederation. Policy director Derek Day said the report, by the Committee on Standards in Public Life, would be widely welcomed.

'Basically, they are saying that the same rules should apply across the public sector and there should be the reassurance of liability insurance or something similar, ' he said.

'It is very much in line with what we have been arguing for a number of years .' The report recommends legal changes to clarify board members' duties and responsibilities, and further research on personal liability insurance.

Personal Liability in Public Service Organisations: a legal research study for the Committee on Standards in Public Life . Available from the Stationery Office.£19.90.