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 Andy Kerr Andy Kerr Labour 2:15, 28 June 2007

The cabinet secretary is right to recognise the generous arrangements in Scotland for agenda for change. I share her desire to ensure that we take care of assimilation and back pay as quickly as possible. Members sent me a number of letters on the issue when I was the Minister for Health and Community Care.

What progress is being made on the knowledge and skills framework and on the possibility of our well-trained staff being more flexible and increasing their skills in the national health service? That is at the heart of how we will change the future of the NHS. Pay assimilation and back pay are important issues, but we must also progress the knowledge and skills framework.