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Managers' pay is 'competitive' says NHS chief Nicholson

10 October 2013 Last updated at 16:58 BST

The chief executive of NHS England, Sir David Nicholson, has told HARDtalk the NHS is right to examine pay levels for staff to ensure as many jobs are retained as possible.

Mr Nicholson said pay restraints could only work as a temporary measure as there was competition for jobs on a global market.

He said he backed the level of salary given to NHS managers describing it as "competitive", adding, "we need great leaders to run the NHS."

You can watch the full interview on BBC World News on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 October at 00:30 BST on the BBC News Channel.

Watch more clips at HARDtalk's website