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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'

association'.

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.

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