Unions welcome withdrawal from NHS regional pay

Unions who represent staff working at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust have welcomed the news that the trust board have decided to withdraw from the controversial regional pay cartel.

This is a very positive move by Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

Jac Kelly, Chief Executive, Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, has issued a strong statement to staff assuring them that whatever the future of the pay cartel that the trust will no longer be a part of it.

We believe that this will be welcomed by staff as it is a first step to re-building trust and confidence.

Joint unions welcome the opportunity this now poses to return to open and transparent partnership working. This can only be good for patient care.

– Dorothy Fogg, Chair of the Health Officers Forum

There were widespread protests after 20 health trusts in the region formed a consortium to look at ways of setting local terms in an effort to reduce the wage billl.

Unions have now agreed to some changes, and the consortium says it will abide by national agreements for the time being.

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