NHS staff in the South West who don’t agree to pay cut face sack

As already reported here NHS staff in the South West including Salisbury Hospital face a pay cut and worsening conditions of service. This comes  as a result of the government’s enthusiasm for regional pay and the foundation of a “Pay Cartel” consisting of 19 NHS organisations across the South West.  This of course comes on top of a pay freeze and increased pension contributions.  Employers claim this will help them make the £20 billion in “savings” over four years required by the government, but coincidentally it could help to smooth the privatisation of the NHS where providers like Virgin and Serco will make their profits by driving down pay and conditions.

See here for more details: NHS staff who don’t agree to pay cut face sack

Salisbury NHS Watch

Hospital trusts’ joint talks on rising wage bill stokes fears of NHS pay cuts (Marlborough News Online)

Are Salisbury Hospital Staff to have their Pay Cut by 15%?

In light of the government’s move towards regional pay* in the NHS  – apparently a  euphemism for channeling cash from poorer to wealthier areas of the country, there has been an interesting development locally.

Following the revelation of the formation of NHS “Pay Cartels” in the South West, a freedom of Information request has been submitted to Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust by a J. Stewart.

Here is the main focus of the request:

“Please confirm or deny that the proposal being considered includes the possibility that Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust Staff will be dismissed and offered revised terms and conditions of employment.

Please confirm or deny that the proposal being considered includes the possibility that Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust Staff will have their pay reduced by upto 15%, and or that staff will have their annual leave entitlement reduced, and or sickness pay entitlements will be reduced, and or no longer offering staff membership of the NHS Pension scheme.

Please also confirm whether all Trust Senior Management and Board members would be included in any proposed change in Terms and Conditions.”

The Trust has 20 days from 12th June to respond.

(* interestingly regional pay will not apply to top tiers of management – there’s a surprise)

Sources:

FOI Request:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/all_salisbury_hospital_staff_to#incoming-288418

RCN Response (pay cartels):
http://www.rcn.org.uk/newsevents/news/article/uk/health_unions_condemn_regional_pay_cartel

Health Unions response:
https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1OQtwhh1C_LlPSosnjKEIU9asWu2SGhyuHE-3jYfsHxI

NL Group blog:
http://www.nlgroup.co.uk/pay-cartel-criticised-by-health-unions/

Blog Post by Eoin Clarke:
http://eoin-clarke.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/tory-war-on-wages-for-nhs-staff.html

Regional pay:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2012/apr/22/andrew-lansley-pay-nhs-staff

Salisbury NHS Watch

Salisbury Journal –  Possible pay cuts at Hosptial