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Trusts begin to divide on royal wedding pay arrangements


At least five foundation trusts have already reached agreement with local unions not to pay staff extra for working the Royal Wedding Bank Holiday – but a minority of other organisations have also taken the opposite approach.

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Foundation Trust, Derby Hospitals Foundation Trust, Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust and University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust have all agreed that staff working 29 April will receive a day off in lieu but will not be paid normal bank holiday rates.

The deal mirrors that put forward in February by NHS Employers nationally but rejected by all unions except the British Medical Association.

Steve Aumayer, director of workforce and organisational development at University Hospitals Bristol, confirmed that staff would be provided with one extra day’s holiday during 2011-12.

He said: “This can be taken on 29 April for those who wish, but clearly requests for annual leave need to be balanced with maintaining services for our patients.”

Due to the wording of the Agenda for Change contract, which specifies staff are entitled to eight days of public holiday on top of their annual leave entitlement, employers are not obliged to offer the extra day as paid leave.

NHS Employers estimates that the cost to the NHS of the additional day off will be £200m, rising to £230m if enhanced rates were paid.

However, mental health provider East London Foundation Trust and primary care trust NHS Plymouth have said they will be treating the day like a normal bank holiday, with staff paid at the higher rate.

Nurses in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will also be paid bank holiday rates after national deals were reached with the devolved governments.

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Readers' comments (37)

  • Given the number of people who are cynical about the Royal Family and its activities - good and bad - I cannot see what the problem is. Anti-Royalists should not be bothered about the day off and because of their point of view about the Civil List and perception that the Royal Family are spongers, I am sure that they in turn won't want to sponge off the state on this occasion.

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  • Anonymous 9:04am, I think I love you. Couldn't have put it better myself.

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  • Well its not really about if your a Royalist or not, its about equality. If other public sector workers are getting the Bank Holiday off or are being paid for it, then Nurses should not be treated any differently.

    I understand that at this time of financial crisis that the extra expense is a lot to ask Trusts to fork out but at the very least nurses should get the day off at the time or in lieu!

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  • Personally I don't think it should be a Bank holiday for anyone. The wedding alone will be costing the taxpayer millions in extra policing/protection etc. As far as I am aware, the Royal family are not footing the entire bill.
    The extra millions that a day off/bank holiday rates will be costing industry across the UK, quite frankly isn't worth it. Its a cynical ploy to try and make us feel better about the current state of the economy. The media would gain more respect by covering what is going on with the changes to disability benefits as I am typing.

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  • Speaking of one of many newly qualified nurses awaiting jobs at one of the above named hospitals, I feel that the money this day will cost the trust could be better spent on wages to give usthe jobs wev'e worked for the last 3 years for!

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  • This isn't about being a Royalist or wanting to watch the wedding or whether or not you agree with it, this really is much, much more simple than that.


    You don't pay me the correct wage for that, I do not work. Simple.

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  • I personally also don't care about the wedding, it is an extravagant waste of tax payers money. It can be perceived as propaganda to make us feel better (who are they trying to kid!) So I agree it should be a normal working day but this should be the same for all of us, teachers etc included

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  • It has been made a public holiday, absoluatly irrelevant of anything else. ( and my personal view is that it should not be one )
    I cannot believe that the decision wether to pay nurses the rates has been put into the hands of each trust and its pot luck where you work.......
    Yes its all about equality and being treated correctly and fairly in the workforce.
    Its just a disgrace....
    End of.

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  • I can't believe I am reading all these comments from nurses. It seems to suggest many are anti-royalists and in this and the other articles on the same subject demonstrate human greed and the egoism of the 'Me Now' generation. No wonder the profession has got into such a state and the public lack confidence in it.

    However, I do believe that it would have been fairer to make the same conditions for all to prevent all this ill will but then you would have soon found something else to gripe about.

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  • once again patients put on the back burner!

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