Medical Laboratory Staff (Pay)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd May 2000.

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Photo of John Denham John Denham Minister of State (Department of Health) 12:00 am, 2nd May 2000

As I should have said earlier, I pay tribute to the work done by all our medical laboratory staff, to whom hon. Members on both sides have referred. They do a tremendous job and are a key part of the health team. With regard to the disparity in salaries between those jobs and other professions, any existing disparities certainly did not begin to emerge over the past three years, but are a much more long-standing part of the pay system. It is possible, and it is envisaged in "Agenda for Change", that some professional staff groups might become members of the pay review body system. It is too early in the process to have reached agreement on which groups those might be. That is part of the overall package of measures that we are negotiating under "Agenda for Change" and on which we are keen to make progress in the next few months.