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NHS: Maternity Leave

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what her Department’s policy is on primary care trusts planning for maternity leave staffing cover; (122521)

(2) if she will place in the Library her Department’s policy on primary care trusts providing staffing cover for front-line staff on maternity leave.

There is no specific policy governing maternity leave staffing cover. This is a matter for local employers. For those staff on Agenda for Change terms and conditions of service it is possible to move staff into a higher pay band to fill a position on a temporary basis as per paragraph 6.30 of the Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions of Service Handbook. The hand book published by NHS Employers, can be found on their website at:

The “NHS Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions of Service Handbook” is available in the Library.