National Health Service Employees (Agenda for Change)

Part of Health and Wellbeing – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:15 pm on 28 June 2007.

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Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party 2:15, 28 June 2007

There are two key strands to the benefits that staff receive under agenda for change. First, since October 2004, many staff have benefited from standardisation of the non-pay elements of agenda for change, such as the length of the working week and annual leave entitlement. Many staff have also gained financially under the new pay arrangements, and the Scottish ministers have guaranteed that no staff member's salary will drop as a result of the new system, with pay protection being applied to the small proportion of staff—currently less than 5 per cent—who require it. Health boards are aware of the need to complete the processes of assimilation into the new system and payment of arrears as quickly as possible.