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Nhs (Pay)

Volume 81: debated on Monday 17 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what are the latest estimates of the pay and prices factors for 1985–86 for hospital and community health services and family practitioner services current expenditure as a result of the pay settlements for doctors, dentists, nurses, midwives, health visitors and allied professions announced on 6 June 1985, Official Report, column 194.

We are not distinguishing between separate pay and price factors. There was an increase of 5½per cent. in health authorities' cash allocations which was to meet all pay and price increases and service developments. We cannot give a sensible estimate at this stage for inflation in the hospital and community health service because of the outstanding pay settlements for non-Review Body groups; nor can we make a firm estimate for the family practitioner service.