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NHS Pay Review Body

Volume 542: debated on Tuesday 13 March 2012

I am responding on behalf of my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to the 26th report of the NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB). The report has been laid before Parliament today (Cm 8298). Copies of the report are available to hon. Members from the Vote Office and to noble Lords from the Printed Paper Office. I am grateful to the chair and members of the NHSPRB for their report.

We welcome the NHS Pay Review Body’s 26th report, note its observations and accept its recommendations in full. In the light of a tough economic climate, I am pleased to confirm that lower paid NHS staff earning £21,000 or less will receive a flat rate increase of £250 from 1 April 2012. This will support continuing NHS service improvements and the position of lower paid NHS staff.