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Nurses at Midlands hospital could have pay cut

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NURSES and support staff at a hospital in the Midlands could see their pay cut because of proposals to restructure its workforce, unions have claimed.
According to Unison, the plans could result in up to 100 staff being put on lower pay bands at Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

In the worst cases, where specialist nurses could fall from a band seven to a band six post, this will result in pay cuts of up to £10,000 including unsocial hours payments, said Unison. The proposals could also result in the closure of two wards.

Jenny Flood, Unison’s regional organiser, told NT that there will be a three week period of negotiations starting today week to try and resolve the dispute.

The trust must pay off debts of £40m in the next three years and is in the process of moving to a new site.

A joint statement from the hospital, Unison and the RCN said: ‘Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UNISON and RCN have agreed to work together over the next 3 weeks to explore the issues raised by the current workforce restructuring proposals.’
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