WORKFORCE: More than 1,600 staff working at Taunton and Somerset Foundation Trust have signed a petition calling on the board to pull out of the South West Pay, Terms and Conditions Consortium.

The consortium is seeking to reduce the pay bill across the south west region by introducing changes to existing staff terms and conditions. The signatures represent fewer than half of the trusts 4,000 staff.

A joint press release from unions representing staff at the trust’s Musgrove Park Hospital said the unions had originally requested to hand the petition to September’s board meeting but this request was refused by the trust. Instead the petition was handed to the trust chair Ros Wyke.

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