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Mike Jackson

Mike Jackson

Watford

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.

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  • Comment on: UPDATED: Government rejects 1pc NHS pay rise

    Mike Jackson's comment 13-Mar-2014 12:12 pm

    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?

  • Comment on: Exclusive: Employers chief moots end to pay restraint

    Mike Jackson's comment 21-Feb-2014 4:38 pm

    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.

  • Comment on: Break the cycle of pay freezes and service crises

    Mike Jackson's comment 21-Feb-2014 2:22 pm

    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.

  • Comment on: Ricketts: CSU privatisation 'doesn’t fit with NHS values'

    Mike Jackson's comment 30-Jan-2014 1:40 pm

    This is a pointless externalisation of a valued NHS function. Why would anyone want to own a CSU when its future is wholly in the hands of the CCGs it serves. Doesn't the demise of NHS Professionals and NHS Direct show us the unacceptable risks to which you would be exposing potential investors. As we can now see these marketeers of the NHS are causing chaos and unintended adverse consequences. In the case of the CSU, the integrated model in Suffolk is by far the most sensible, stable and effective.

  • Comment on: Hunt seizes back control as reform legacy creates a frantic summer

    Mike Jackson's comment 17-Oct-2013 3:56 pm

    It's very clear now that Mid Staff's derailed David Nicholson and that he is now a lame duck CEO avoiding the media and with the media having little interest in him recognising the smell of impending 'death'. Add to that the obvious lesson that Secretaries of State will never give up micro managing the NHS. and cannot avoid political accountability for a publicly funded service, we will continue to see Jeremy Hunt on our screens regularly - at least until 2015

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