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District Unit Managers

Volume 173: debated on Tuesday 22 May 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the last salary pay scale per grade for district and unit administrators and by year for district unit managers since that new title became effective.

The minima and maxima of the salary scales for district administrators in 1985–86 were:

DHA 1 +23,65626,933
DHA 123,24726,46022,03225,343
DHA 222,84925,99221,11224,650
DHA 322,49025,72220,19624,235
There was no scale specifically for unit administrators, but a range of scales depending on the classification of the unit. In 1985–86 these gave a minimum of £9,137 and a maximum of £23,183.The pay arrangements introduced for general managers in 1986 are radically different from the old incremental scales for administrators. General managers must be employed on short-term rolling contracts and any increase in their pay depends on performance in achieving their objectives. The table shows the ranges of pay for districts and unit general managers since September 1986.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the change of responsibilities for district and unit administrators when they became district unit managers.

In 1984 following the NHS management inquiry led by Sir Roy Griffiths the Government issued guidance to health authorities to establish the general management function and to identify individual general managers. Health circular HC(84)13 annex C paragraph 4 contained guidance on the responsibilities of these new managers. This superseded health circular HC(80)8 paragraph 23–25 which contained guidance about the responsibilities of district administrators. Information about the responsibilities of unit administrators is contained in the "Administration and Clerical Staff Whitley Council Handbook" (updated 1984) paragraph 504–505. Copies of these documents are available in the Library.