– Scottish Parliament written question – answered at on 28 February 2006.

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Photo of Margaret Ewing Margaret Ewing Scottish National Party

Question S2W-22975

To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S2W-20414 by Mr Andy Kerr on 15 November 2005, how many NHS boards have implemented Agenda for Change and what actions the Executive has taken, or representations it has received, regarding this matter.

Photo of Andy Kerr Andy Kerr Labour

Agenda for Change is being implemented in partnership with trade unions and professional organisations in NHSScotland, and significant progress has been made. Over 85% of posts which have been submitted to matching panels have been matched against national profiles. Around 53,000 staff in the nursing, midwifery, ancillary and Allied Health Professional staff groups have been approved for assimilation. In January, the first groups of staff were paid on the new Agenda for Change paybands.

A plan for 2006 has been drawn up and agreed in partnership, which health boards are committed to delivering. Based on the plan it is anticipated that Agenda for Change will be introduced and operational by the end of 2006.

The Pay Modernisation Team, alongside the Scottish Executive Health Department, will monitor progress towards the plan for 2006, providing health boards with support and advice as necessary.

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