Health minister Lord Warner has written to all senior managers in the NHS expressing concerns at the slow progress of ensuring contract staff in catering, cleaning and ancillary services are on contracts that give them parity with Agenda for Change terms and conditions.

Health minister Lord Warner has written to all senior managers in the NHS expressing concerns at the slow progress of ensuring contract staff in catering, cleaning and ancillary services are on contracts that give them parity with Agenda for Change terms and conditions.

One of the reasons for the delay was the uncertain legal status of a joint statement of intent agreed by organisations including NHS Employers, the Confederation of British Industry, and NHS unions. Parties were concerned that they could not enforce amendments to existing service contracts with individual trusts and contractors.