HC Deb 22 January 1991 vol 184 cc137-8W
Mr. Galbraith

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what are the executive powers of the health board general managers group; and what is its relationship to himself and to the national health service chief executive;

(2) on what basis the health board general managers group may jointly implement Whitley council agreements based on local health board flexibility;

(3) for what reasons the health board general managers group is to use the HAY job evaluation system as part of the process of implementing advanced letter (PTB) 3/90; and if the decision is binding on all health boards in Scotland;

(4) who authorised the health board general managers group to consider joint implementation of advanced letter (PTB) 3/90.

Mr. Michael Forsyth

Health board general managers as a group have no executive powers and are not responsible for implementing Whitley council agreements; the conclusions they may reach on the matters that come before them are not binding on individual health boards. The chief executive, with his senior colleagues, meets general managers regularly to discuss matters of mutual interest.

Individual health boards will implement advance letter (PTB) 3/90, and will each consider whether there would be advantage in adopting the HAY job evaluation system for works and estates staff. The steps taken by individual health boards to implement the agreement in their areas will follow the procedures prescribed in the advance letter.

Only health boards are authorised to implement Whitley council agreements which allow local health board flexibility.

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