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Trust backs down on threat to sack staff, as 'cartel' loses another member

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A foundation trust has backed down from a mass redundancy threat over new local contracts, while another trust has left the controversial South West “pay cartel”.

North Tees and Hartlepool Foundation Trust had issued all of its 5,452 staff with a notice of possible redundancy if they refused to sign a new employment contract that would have ended enhanced out-of-hours sick pay.

The trust was one of a number looking to break away from the national Agenda for Change framework and draw up its own terms and conditions.

But last week it said it had withdrawn the notice and had “decided to accept” the new national proposals on Agenda for Change, which were agreed last month and come into effect on 1 April – they will also phase out enhanced sick pay.

A trust spokesman said it had also developed new guidance on sickness for staff and managers. “Sickness costs the trust around £5m a year and we are confident that the new guidance, if used as intended, will bring the cost of sickness down,” he said.

Last week Yeovil District Hospital Foundation Trust became the latest organisation to leave the South West Pay, Terms and Conditions Consortium. Northern Devon Healthcare Trust and Dorset County Hospitals Foundation Trust have also previously withdrawn.

The group, which now has 17 member trusts, halted its attempts to break away from AfC, in light of the national deal. However, it has threatened to re-start its work if fresh work does not begin on finding more workforce savings at a national level.   

 

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  • 'Last week Yeovil District Hospital Foundation Trust became the latest organisation to leave the South West Pay, Terms and Conditions Consortium. Northern Devon Healthcare Trust and Dorset County Hospitals Foundation Trust have also previously withdrawn'

    Actually it was The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital not the Dorset County Hospital that broke away. Unless of course they have as well and then your figures are wrong and it would be 16 trusts left.

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  • Hopefully they will all see sense and back down; not holding my breath though.

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  • Let them sack all the nurses.... then they can 're-emply' them privately.... giving the nurses, a pay 'increase', rathet a life of 'redundancy', as we all know you pay more in the private sector, don't we?

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  • Its about time sick pay which includes enhanced hours payments is phased out, nurses deserve shift enhancements only when they actually do the shift not when they don't.
    Hopefully this will stop those nurses who think its acceptable to "pull a sickie" when its their turn to do nights/weekends etc and leave the wards either undermanned or over budget having to cover for them.
    This attitude that "its perks of the job" is why the NHS is in such as flipping mess, it cannot all be blamed on the current government as its been going on longer than they have been in power!!

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  • I totally agree with the above poster

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  • grumpy

    Let me put the other side of the argument then.
    I work almost exclusively night shifts - I have for many years and depend on the enhancements to meet my bills.
    I do not 'pull a sickie' - never have and never will.
    AfC made no difference to the amount of time I have been sick but it does prevent me having to go into debt when I am ill.
    Blaming the ills of the NHS on staff sickness? - pretty much symptom rather than cause I would have thought.
    Poor morale due to constant government fiddling designed to show that they are 'doing something'. Thats the real cause - and its been going on for all the 30+ years I have worked in the NHS

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  • Dorset Healthcare University Foundation Trust has also left the consortium. About time too.

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