Short cuts

A summit called by health minister John Hutton to discuss 'serious problems in recruitment and retention' in the social care sector has agreed that 'poor public image' is a key problem. It also agreed there should be a 'concerted effort' by employers and other organisations to improve it.An initiative by the National Training Organisation for Social Care should take this forward.A number of local government, private and voluntary organisations took part in the summit in London last week.