Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Andy Burnham, moved an Opposition day debate in the House of Commons on Wednesday 7 November on regional pay in the NHS.
Regional pay in the NHS
The motion in the name of Andy Burnham stated that "this House believes national pay agreements are an important part of the infrastructure that underpins a national health service..."
The motion was defeated on a division (Ayes 226; Noes 292). A Government amendment was agreed on a division (Ayes 291; Noes 220).
Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, responded on behalf of the Government.
Watch and read the views expressed by MPs during the debate on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard. Also find parliamentary material on health in the Topics and News sections.
Opposition day debates
Opposition days are days allocated in the House of Commons in each session for the discussion of subjects chosen by the Opposition. Seventeen days are at the disposal of the leader of the largest opposition party to decide which topics are debated. Three days are also allocated to the other smaller opposition parties.
The Opposition generally use them to raise questions of policy and administration. Frequently, two separate subjects are debated on an opposition day.