Former UNISON Lead Negotiator on NHS Terms & Conditions and TU Lead on Social Partnership Forum. Former member of Health Authority and Community Health Council. Works in NHS as HR Consultant.
There is no doubt the NHS needs to extend more services over 7 days. However this outside the NHSPRB terms of reference which is to look at rates of pay not unsocial hours enhancements which was and is a negotiating issue via the NHS Staff Council. The government is running roughshod over collective bargaining. There have been 7 day working agreements in the past, e.g. for ancillary staff and no doubt there could be again - by agreement!
When NHS staff have had a pay freeze for several years, jacking up the pay for part time Chairs will go down like a rat sandwich
Comment on: Dorrell steps down from health committee
Has Dorrell stood down to clear the way for a ministerial appointment http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2014/06/why-has-stephen-dorrell-stood-down-health-select-committee-chair or does the Tory high command want a Chair that is less critical of its policies in the year before the general election. After all he will have less opportunity to sperk out in any role the nearer we get to 7th May 2015
Comment on: UPDATED: Government rejects 1pc NHS pay rise
This is nonsense. Even NHS Employers evidence to the NHS PRB admitted that 'pay drift' i.e. additional cost to the NHS paybill, is just 0.9% pa due to incremental progression and other factors. But the real issue here is that the NHS now a broken pay determination system. Although some increases have been staged in the past, the rejecton of an independent PRB recommendation means that trade unions can no longer have any confidence in it. In any case the remit given unilaterally by the government to the NHSPRB has increasingly reduced its independence. The credibility of the process is now shot to pieces. The credibility of trade unions is now on the line as to how they respond to this. NHS staff will ask what is the point of membership if trade unions continue to place their trust in a discredited system that year on year results in falling living standards. The government has backed trade unions into a corner. Will they come out fighting?
Introducing the 'living wage' of a minimum £7.65 outside London and £8.80 in London would have a little impact on Trust budgets. All london Trusts rates are already above these rates as are the fringe rates. For the rest of the country it would simply mean removing the first two pay points which would have no knock on impact on differentials. In many ways its a disgrace this hasn't happened already given that so much of the public and private sector have adopted the minimum wage. The NHS should be an exmplar employer particularly when the links between low pay and poor health are so well documented.