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NHS regional pay plans condemned

Friday August 24th 2012

A group of NHS Trusts has been accused of undermining staff morale and patient care after details emerged of plans to introduce regional pay and conditions.

Unison said 20 Trusts in the South West which have formed a consortium to fix the pay, terms and conditions of health workers in the region were considering making changes such as cutting pay and holiday entitlement.

Proposals put forward included reducing sick pay, cutting the working week, equivalent to 250 jobs, and a 10% reduction in unsocial hours pay, said the union.

Tanya Palmer of Unison's South West region said: "The trade unions are well aware of the challenging financial times and the intense pressures on the NHS, but rogue employers involved in the consortium are risking the chance of reaching a national agreement.

"They are also undermining staff morale, stable industrial relations, staff recruitment and retention and, ultimately, patient care.

"The 20 NHS Trusts include Foundations from acute, teaching, mental health and community health care."

Ms Palmer said the consortium did not have the mandate, authority and responsibility to engage in negotiations.

Copyright Press Association 2012

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