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National Health Service (Pay)

Volume 24: debated on Monday 17 May 1982

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asked the Prime Minister if Her Majesty's Government will make available sufficient money to enable Health Service workers to be provided with the same percentage increase as for judges and senior civil servants.

No. Special considerations apply to the groups covered by the Top Salaries Review Body, whose pay had been held to below the levels judged appropriate in 1980. To continue holding down their pay would have carried unacceptable risks of long-term damage to the Government's ability to attract and retain individuals of high calibre.