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

The hon. Gentleman is unbelievable. His party was in power for 18 years and had the opportunity to implement his proposal. That the hon. Gentleman makes such a suggestion without prior notice or discussion shows that nothing that he says can be taken seriously. We have made it clear that some professional groups can join the review bodies. However, that needs to be part of a negotiated package of changes to the national health service pay system, which will benefit not only staff but patients. The hon. Gentleman's proposal to announce one part of the negotiation as Opposition policy is not credible. He shows no understanding of what is necessary to provide a modern pay system for the national health service.