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2010 Health Care Service Group Conference
11 December 2009

The last part of the UK negotiations on Agenda For Change is the review of on-call payments. Since 2004 there has been a difficult situation of protected local and Whitley agreements sitting alongside the Agenda For Change Scheme which provide for a wide range of differing payments. Discontent around this issue among many frontline staff is growing and branches are struggling to give clear on-going reports of progress.

Recognising the complexities of the rationalisation and standardisation exercise across the four countries, and in particular difficulties in data collection, Conference calls on national negotiators to press for commitments and all necessary resources from all employers to conclude this major review by the new target date of April 2011. Should progress indicate that this new extended target date is unlikely to be met then Conference calls on the Service Group Executive to review the negotiating strategy in consultation with branches and devolved nations.