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NHS "pay cut cartel" goes ahead after MP vote

By CitizenNews  |  Posted: November 07, 2012

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CONTROVERSIAL moves to cut pay of NHS staff in Gloucestershire have been backed by the Government.

The South West Pay Terms and Conditions Consortium, of 20 NHS Trusts including Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust and 2Gether NHS Foundation Trust, propose to impose longer working hours, cut salaries and leave. 

It came in for a barrage of criticism at Westminster as Labour accused the Government of using the region as a "laboratory" for regional pay.

Former Labour Health Minister Ben Bradshaw said more than 88,000 NHS staff in the South West would be affected.

He said: "Based on the initial proposals, the trade unions, royal colleges and other organisations representing staff estimate that nurses and other NHS staff in the South West could face a 15 per cent pay cut, as well as changes to their holiday and other entitlements. The cartel has threatened to sack and re-employ staff to force through its plans.

"I have to tell the Minister that, in my more than 17 years in this place, I have never received as many letters and e-mails expressing such anger and dismay as I have on this issue."
Health minister Anna Soubry said: "I want to talk about the financial situation in the national health service.

"The South West consortium faces a stern choice. It can either continue to ignore the problem, and hope that it will go away, or it can face the challenge, share it with its staff and their representatives, and work in partnership to achieve the best outcome for everyone concerned, especially patients.

"I believe that the south-west consortium is taking a mature approach. It published two discussion documents in August, setting out the scale of the financial and service challenge that it faces. It has not made any decisions.

"It has included options affecting all staff, including doctors, so that every opportunity is considered, no stone is left unturned, and there are no sacred cows. I believe that that is a responsible approach."
A Labour amendment calling on the Government to block the regional pay move was defeated by 292 votes to 226.

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  • Lecorche  |  November 09 2012, 11:26AM

    Is this the same Government (backing the NHS) that's just started the spin 'Living Wage' ?

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  • occupythanet2  |  November 08 2012, 10:07PM

    Have the unions taken into accout that they are already to to claim MORE money for people working in London for example, as it's more expensive? So regional pay should only apply if it means MORE money perhaps? You reap what you sow!

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  • Flossie  |  November 07 2012, 7:28PM

    Has the cartel taken into consideration that nhs staff have already not had a pay rise for some considerable amount of years and a lot if not all staff work in excess of the hours that they are paid for, I think in the long run this will cost them more money not less. Also some staff groups within Gloucestershire Hospitals Nhs trust have already undergone reviews and have their pay bandings lowered, this was a massive loss in morale across the trust! Bad move I think.

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