Pay-Cut Plans Are "Desperate Ransom Demand", Say Unions

NHSEarlier in March, the Nursing times reported a prediction of Luton and Dunstable Hospital Foundation Trust that an amount of £1.5m could be saved by freezing incremental pay rise for staff and anticipated a saving of £1.4m from decreasing annual leave for staff and observing a bank holiday as a working day.

Additionally, a performance evaluation report, compiled on the parameters of hospital’s quality, innovation, productivity and prevention (QIPP) plan, under the spell of freedom of information act exposed that some issues could not be accepted by the main union nationally.

“The less flexible the pay bill is the more that will impact on jobs. Not restricting the pay bill – which accounts for around 60 per cent of trust’s budgets – will only lead to job losses later on”, added the foundation trust network Director, Sue Slipman. “Everybody faces the QIPP challenge to do more with less, this is not a management problem, and this is a problem for everybody”.

Additionally, the Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust outlined a policy where the staff would accept a pay cut for a half day salary, per month. However, unions have condemned the forecasted plans and suggested the staff to consider a pay cut as a "desperate ransom demand".