Ancillary Staff Pay

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 29th February 2000.

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Photo of Gerald Howarth Gerald Howarth Conservative, Aldershot 12:00 am, 29th February 2000

May I draw to the Minister's attention the plight of medical laboratory scientific officers? On Friday, my hon. Friend the Member for Surrey Heath (Mr. Hawkins) and I went to see the MLSOs at Frimley Park hospital. MLSO-1 grade staff are on a maximum of £17,200 annually, which is only about £2,000 per year more than the starting pay for nurses. Does the Minister agree that MLSOs are extremely important people, who do all the blood tests and other tests performed in hospitals, but that the Government have neglected them?