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RCN names 10 trusts taking part in campaign on 'extra hours' pay

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The Royal College of Nursing has rolled out a campaign to highlight the extra hours of unpaid work that nursing staff are regularly doing.

The college announced its intention to launch the campaign in December, as reported by Nursing Times, and in January named the first trust taking part as East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust.

It has now set out a further nine trusts in England and Northern Ireland that have been selected to take part (see below). They include acute, community and mental health service providers.

RCN members at these organisations will be recording and claiming for any excess hours they work or breaks they are unable to take, as a way of highlighting instances where their contractual rights are not being met.

RCN members at these trusts are being encouraged to record any excess hours using a special recording sheet.   

Michael Brown, chair of the RCN’s council, said: “Every day we hear from members who are struggling with years of pay restraint and enormous job pressures.

“It’s high time that nurses and other health care professionals were paid a fair and accurate wage for the tough, demanding job that they do,” he said. “We are committed to helping them achieve this.”


The selected trusts taking part in the campaign are:

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust

Weston Area Health NHS Trust

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Tameside NHS Foundation Trust

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

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  • This could be very helpful as I am sure the government has no idea how many extra hours every week nurses work in an effort to manage their workload and stop unnecessary suffering for their patients. This is surely much better than asking those same nurses to 'work to rule' which in many cases would see large areas of acute hospitals unable to cope. Let us not forget that these extra hours worked, breaks missed or rushed etc are due to the dedication and professionalism of the majority of nurses today. I hope this will always be the case, and that the government wakes up and starts to treat health care workers with the respect and monitory reward they deserve.

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