Nothing set aside for health staff pay award

Tynwald buildings, Douglas

Tynwald buildings, Douglas

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Health Minister Howard Quayle said he could not hide his disappointment, in Tynwald this week, that no money had been set aside to cover a staff pay award.

Mr Quayle said the Treasury had agreed additional funding of £2.08m to help cover the cost of a binding pay award made after a local pay claim was referred to independent arbitration.

The cost of the award to the former Department of Health was £400,000 a year with back pay estimated at £2.25m.

He said: ‘I will not attempt to hide my disappointment that although the department was aware some form of payment was likely to arise it didn’t create a sufficient reserve to meet any such liability.’

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