In written evidence to the review, set up by the health minister as part of the two year pay deal covering 2014-1016, the CSP argued that amid increasing financial pressure on the NHS it was ‘untenable’ for employers and government to consider the pay of different staff groups separately or in isolation from each other.
The review, being undertaken by an appointed panel - chaired by David Jenkins, formerly general secretary of the Wales TUC - has not been asked to comment on the pay of doctors and dentists.
On pay the panel has been asked to consider 'the long-term strategic direction of pay and reward for those currently covered by the UK agenda for change terms and conditions of service and people employed in executive and senior posts. This will include the affordability of future pay and rewards ... and considering the approach to determining and setting future pay and rewards.'
Says Peter Finch, CSP assistant director and responsible for employment matters in Wales:
‘We remain committed to the retention of a UK wide pay framework and support for the Pay review Body process. Our support for the PRB is conditional on all parties including Government accepting and implementing Review Body decisions in full.’
In the 2014 the Welsh Government refused to accept the PRB recommendation of a consolidated 1% increase.
The CSP is scheduled to meet members of the Review Panel to present oral evidence on 9 October.
The review has received cross party support and is due to publish its recommendations in early 2016 to inform the work of the incoming government following the assembly elections scheduled for May.