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NHS: Leave

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what rules or guidelines his Department has in place governing the length of time that NHS employees are allowed to take paid leave on (a) compassionate and (b) other grounds; what the overall maximum period is for which paid leave will be given; and if he will make a statement. (157737)

[holding answer 15 October 2007]: The position on paid leave is outlined in the terms and conditions for particular staff groups and depends on time served and individual circumstances.

For medical staff the “National Health Service Hospital Medical and Dental Staff and Doctors in Public Health Medicine and the Community Health Service (England and Wales)”, and the “Terms and Conditions of Service for Consultants (England) 2003” have been placed in the Library and are also available at:

For non-medical staff the “Agenda for Change NHS Terms and Conditions of Service Handbook”, has been placed in the Library and also available at: