Protester anger over potential NHS pay plans
HIGHLY skilled NHS workers could be driven out of Gloucestershire if plans to increase working hours and reduce sick pay are implemented, it has been claimed.
The 2Gether NHS Foundation Trust is considering money-saving proposals which would see staff pay and terms of employment decided regionally by a consortium of trusts in the south west, rather than nationally, as is currently the case.
The idea behind the potential switch is to ensure the Trust continues to provide 'high quality services' while also remaining 'cost competitive'.
But the Trust's board members were greeted by angry protestors keen to voice their displeasure at the proposals as they met to discuss the plans at their Rikenel, Gloucester headquarters today.
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Speaking during the board meeting, Trust chief executive Shaun Clee said there are not any cast iron proposals currently in place but acknowledged that there is 'a lot of anxiety' amongst staff regarding the plans.
A UNISON spokesperson said the ideas that have been floated "could spell financial disaster" for members of staff and "may force them to seek jobs outside of the South West".