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Nurses in Hertfordshire to claim pay for 'actual hours worked'

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Nurses at a trust in Hertfordshire are to make pay claims for the actual hours they work, as part of a national campaign by the Royal College of Nursing.

RCN members at an undisclosed number of trusts are set to begin claiming for the actual hours they work and seeking to have their contractual rights met, as reported by Nursing Times in December.

The move is intended to highlight what the RCN described as the government’s “refusal to award them a fair and decent wage”.  

“The RCN is supporting our members at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and in other trusts to ensure that their contractual rights are met”

Peter Carter

The college has revealed RCN members at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust as the first group that will be seeking to influence the ongoing row over NHS pay levels in England in this way.  

Peter Carter, RCN chief executive and general secretary said: “Anyone who has had contact with a member of the nursing profession over recent years will know just how long their working day is and how hard they work.

“The government regularly says how much it values NHS staff but the failure to give nurses a cost of living increase coupled with the failure to pay them for the extra work they do sends out a very different message.

“Enough is now enough and the RCN is supporting our members at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and in other trusts to ensure that their contractual rights are met,” he said.

Anne Wells, RCN council member and steward at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, said: “Nurses here will be claiming for the excess hours they work and we’ll be supporting them all the way.” 

The trust runs three district general hospitals – Hertford County, the Lister and the Queen Elizabeth II in Welwyn Garden City.

The campaign forms parts of the RCN’s protests and lobbying work, following its decision not to ballot members for strike action over pay.

There have so far been two four-hour pay strikes – one in October and one in November – involving members of the Royal College of Midwives, Unison, Unite and a range of other health unions.

Further strikes, this time lasting for 12 hours and 24 hours, are scheduled to take place on 29 January and 25 February, respectively.

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  • Laha78

    Perhaps every trust in the whole of the United Kingdom is needing to do this!! Won't that soon make the government sit up and take notice!

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  • I am only sorry that Great Ormond Street was not also a chosen location because of their attempt to claw back hours "under contract" due to a fault in their e-rostering software. Nurses and indeed most NHS staff work considerably more hours than they are paid for, and while this is likely to be the case whatever result this has (NHS staff come into healthcare because they care!) it will certainly highlight where managers and services have come to depend on and take for granted these unpaid hours. How many people arrive home very late after a complex handover or after seeing a difficult situation through? And as for unpaid breaks which people find they end up working through.... If NHS staff were as meticulous about claiming hours worked as high flying lawyers are the true dependence on them would be visible - they deserve a proper pay rise

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  • It's one thing claiming for the extra hours worked but quite another actually getting paid for them.
    What if the trusts refuse to pay the "unauthorised overtime"?

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  • It's one thing claiming for the extra hours worked but quite another actually getting paid for them.
    What if the trusts refuse to pay the "unauthorised overtime"?

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  • good, nurse should get paid for every minute they work, the government wouldn't expect a banker or lawyer to not get paid

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  • Nurses only have themselves to blame. If your trust won't pay for overtime, then don't do it. Walk off the ward at the end of your shift. Stop whinging and making martyrs of yourselves. The only people losing out is the nurses themselves. In the end, patients suffer because nurses are tired, dissalusiioned and fed up. The sooner nurses take control the sooner this will end.

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  • You clearly have never worked in a clinical capacity Steve I have worked in many spheres of health care much of it Paediatrics. I regularly left at 23.00 when supposedly finishing at 21.oo ish on late shift How I would walk away from a very sick child or a distressed parent with essential care either outstanding or drugs due etc Just never happened Yes back then I was young, keen, eager to progress too but essentially because I took pride in the care I gave. Mug yes maybe and the government take advantage of that. Now I am older and wiser and feel increasingly angry at how the profession is belittled and undervalued. Because the powers that be know there will always be young people coming through that have a vocation to nurse nothing will ever change monetary wise. What I have learnt is to encourage my children to seek employment well away from healthcare.

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  • I work in a chemotherapy unit and regularly work a couple of hours over due to delays or complications. We were paid a little Nhsp to cover some of it, but the last couple of months we've been told to take time owing which is impossible. I'm waiting for the three month window and then I'm going to ask for overtime payment as per the working time directive states. I've been a nurse for many years and I've had enough of the expectation we will work over and for free. Not only that, it's exhausting and tiredness leads to mistakes.

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