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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