All NHS pay issues may be devolved
The Department of Health is considering giving the NHS Confederation full responsibility for all pay negotiations in the service. It has launched a consultation on plans to devolve responsibility for national employment issues, including GP pay, to an 'employers'
Health minister John Hutton said talks with the confederation are ongoing and a
decision is expected this year. The confederation is consulting PCT members, warning it faces perceived loss of independence and the risk of being blamed when things go wrong.