i think 'agenda for change' [within th NHS] was outlined in an earlier conference, this year. does any one have notes?
Thursday 7 October 2004
Hutton announces an extra £30 million to help hospitals adjust to Agenda for Change
Health minister John Hutton today announced that an extra £30 million was being given to the NHS to help the implementation of Agenda for Change.
The funding will go towards compensating NHS organisations for the time staff spend negotiating or implementing Agenda for Change. For example, it will allow them to employ locums for the time staff are involved in sitting on job evaluation boards or negotiating local implementation deals.
John Hutton said:
"Because Agenda for Change is not just about pay but also a new partnership between staff and employees, I can confirm today that additional resources of around £30m will be made available to support implementation. The costs incurred by NHS organisations in releasing key Trade Union representatives to participate in the implementation of the new pay system will be the first priority for the extra resource."
Notes to editor
1. Media enquiries only to Victoria MacCallum at the Department of Health press office on 020 7210 5281.
2. The money will be distributed by SHAs. All NHS organisations implementing Agenda for Change in national roll out will be eligible for assistance.