Published: 16/05/2002, Volume II2, No. 5805 Page 6

Around 300,000 NHS staff not covered by a pay review body have been offered a minimum 3.6 per cent pay increase by the government.Ambulance, ancillary, clerical, scientific, professional and technical staff will benefit from the rises.

Further targeted action has been agreed for some groups of staff, focused particularly on the lower paid. Ancillary staff will gain an extra scale point and two for the lowest paid. It means increases for around 30,000 workers and ensuring a new minimum hourly rate in the NHS of£4.47 - 27 pence above the national rate which comes into force this October.

NHS Confederation policy manager Alistair Henderson said: 'We were pleased to see the equal recognition for non-review body staff as for review body staff.'