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Nurses 'told to work shift for free' ‎

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Theatre nurses in Aberdeen are angry at at cost-cutting proposals that could see them effectively work an extra shift each month for free in order to try and save a Scottish health board £385,000 a year.

The new shift pattern, which is currently being discussed with staff, will increase shifts from 13 to 14 a month through a change in the number of unpaid breaks staff are allowed to take.

NHS Grampian, which is looking to make significant savings, said: “The alternative would be to employ fewer staff.”

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  • totally rubbish. Labor abuse!

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  • I wonder if the Board or CEO is going to lead the way by working shifts for free?

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  • scandal! we are not responsible for the governments financial disasters and why should we pay the price.

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  • If upper levels of management want staff to work shifts for free, then heres a proposal for management.
    All management from CEO down to work one free shift per month not in own area (where most sit on backsides anyway) but in support posts such as portering, cleaning, supporting auxillary nurses with tasks such as bedmaking/washing/taking patients to toilet/assisting with feeding

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  • This would certainly show how committed they are to save money and show staff that policy applies to all not just 'ordinary' staff.
    But in reality we probably have more chance of seeing Prince Charles walking a tightrope.

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  • presumably if nurses refuse to work the extra shift for free they lose their job - more managerial or governmental manipulation and blackmail

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  • 'We're all in this together' - nurses work extra shifts for free, child and other benefit cuts are announced whilst conservative ministers have a champagne party

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  • 'We're all in this together'
    you are in it dear conservative party up to the ears not me. i didn't cause this mess nor am I responsible for it although i have been made to suffer from it. Now you have to get us out of it without putting us and our lives and living standards at further risk. In fact you are sitting pretty and continuing to drink champagne while we are made to do all the hard work

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  • This is similar to what I am already doing in Devon! When I moved to my present department I was told I had to take half an hour for lunch only and any other breaks up to half an hour were in my own unpaid one hour breaktime. Previously I have had a 20 min break in the morning and a 10 to 20 min break in the afternoon in addition to an hour's lunch. Add the bits of overtime you do and I am already doing a day's extra work for nothing. Why is it permitted to rob us of the morning break and include it as the one hour unpaid break?!

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  • Scotland has it's own NHS budget - the Scottish Parliament decides where that money goes, not the Conservative/Liberal coalition. Nurses are always at the forefront of cost savings exercises. Why? Because the Trusts can get away with it. Nurses have no back up from Unions and no clout when it comes to negotiating power.

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