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Legal threat to Priory over sick pay

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The Priory Group could face legal claims over proposals to cut sick pay for nurses and support workers.

From this month, the private health firm intends to abolish sick pay for three-day absences (NT News, 1 July, p2).

The RCN said it had been inundated with complaints. Karen Didovic, the college’s senior employment relations adviser, said it would be ‘obliged’ to take legal action ‘for unlawful deductions of salary’ if the change was implemented.

Priory Healthcare chief executive Philip Scott said: ‘We have taken the decision to remove casual abuse.’

But Ms Didovic said: ‘Simply reducing the sickness absence will simply reduce morale and motivation of all staff.’

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