Abstracts: September 20th, 2001

There is a recognition of the concern about political activity in appointments to the new Primary Care Trusts. An investigation found that because of the wind down of the old administrative system, data was unavailable or could not be collected or was sometimes incomparable. This situation was described as unsatisfactory and disappointing and the Commission is now working with the new NHS Appointments Commission, to make sure that lessons have been learned from the past and to assure the integrity of the new system.The Report also describes progress made in the past year in making sure that those making appointments are clear about their responsibilities and those making complaints are aware of what action has been taken. The new Code of Practice clarifies the rules for departments to follow in recruiting, training and selecting independent assessors and describes a sharper complaints system.

Report available from www.ocpa.gov.uk