Lip smacking: health secretary Frank Dobson plants a kiss on the cheek of Gloria Hanley, a graduate of the West Yorkshire leadership, career and personal development programme for black and ethnic minority managers.

Akhtar Jan, also a graduate of the scheme, is on Mr Dobson's left.

The health secretary presented 20 certificates to graduates of the programme in Harrogate last week.

'In the NHS, people from ethnic minorities are too often clustered in the lower grades of their professions and I am determined to change this,' he said.

'We strongly support the development of all individuals from all backgrounds.'