South West NHS union's 'grave concern' at finance plan
A union has warned of the "potentially damaging impact" of a document which its authors say could help secure the future of Westcountry health organisations.
The Western Morning News yesterday revealed a raft of proposals from the South West Pay Consortium (SWC), which 19 NHS trusts in the region paid £10,000 to join. The business case contains a long list of "workforce cost reduction opportunities" which it says will signpost health trusts towards savings they must achieve in the future to be sustainable.
However, Joanne Kaye, regional secretary of Unison, said she had grave concerns.
"This report paints a stark picture of financial reality in the NHS which is a world away from the claims of the Government that it is protected," she said. "We call on these Trusts to take a step back and work with us to implement the national agreement."
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Unison said they were keen to present an alternative business case to all trust boards over the coming weeks.
The SWC business case has suggestions such as cutting holiday, reducing maternity leave and controlling on-call consultants fees. It says it is committed to Agenda for Change, the national agreed NHS pay guidelines.