HC Deb 26 February 2003 vol 400 c630W
Dr. Evan Harris

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on Agenda for Change in relation to the payment of NHS managers. [98958]

Mr. Hutton

The Department is developing a new framework governing pay and contractual arrangements for national health service chief executives, board-level directors and other senior posts of comparable job weight immediately below board level. The "Agenda for Change" pay reforms that were successfully negotiated last year will apply to other NHS managers. Both the new framework for board-level posts and the "Agenda for Change" reforms will be based on a new system of job evaluation to ensure fair and transparent links between the basic pay that staff receive and the levels of responsibility, knowledge, skills and effort required in their jobs.