Health board disciplinary cases on rise

A RECORD number of disciplinary cases have taken place within NHS Lothian in the past year, figures have shown.

In 2010 there were 141 staff members hauled up in front of their managers to answer a range of allegations.

That is almost 50 more than the previous year, and the highest since 2006.

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Health chiefs pointed out that number - obtained by the Evening News through freedom of information - is very low considering the organisation has an estimated 28,000 employees.

The figure is expected to rise next year as managers crack down on staff sickness rates, having already reviewed the cases of nearly 300 people.

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