Scottish senior managers are to have their salaries fixed by the Scottish Executive in a bid to 'introduce fairness and equity with other NHS staff members', according to a spokesperson for health minister Susan Deacon.

The Executive wants to return such decisions to pre-1993 days when the government controlled remuneration for senior staff.But Professor David Rowley, who is heading the taskforce investigating the£12m deficit at Tayside University Hospitals trust, said in a debate on funding two weeks ago that good pay was essential.'You can't expect the best for£100,000 a year.'