NHS staff protest about regional pay

Protestors in Exeter Unions say the changes will cause staff shortages and endanger patients

Related Stories

A proposal to introduce regional pay in the NHS in the South West is the first step towards privatisation, protesters have claimed.

Medical staff, demonstrating in Exeter earlier, believe the plan would cause staff shortages and endanger patients.

The Devon Partnership NHS Trust is one of 20 in the region looking at imposing longer working hours for staff, and cuts in salary and leave.

A spokesperson for the Trust said the plans were to "safeguard" its future.

In June the BBC obtained a leaked document outlining the scale of possible changes, put together by a consortium of local health trusts.

Health workers from across the region gathered at Wonford House Hospital in Exeter to lobby members of the Devon Partnership NHS Trust as they arrived for a board meeting.

Sue Orwin, of Unison, said: "Ultimately this is a proposal to slash pay terms and conditions for staff, staff that work extremely hard.

"It's also an attempt to fragment the national pay framework and once that happens it will make every organisation easier to privatise."

A key objective is to reduce the pay bill from 68% to 60% of running costs, which the document suggests could be achieved by cutting salaries, allowances, leave entitlement, sickness benefits and making staff work longer hours.

The leaked document said the consortium aimed to bring forward proposals on regional pay in the NHS in the South West, by October.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Devon

Weather

Plymouth

Min. Night 3 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Baby in boxStrange case

    The remarkable appeal of the Finnish baby boxes


  • WW1 gas mask being demonstratedTrench terror

    Did the soldiers of WW1 have an irrational fear of poison gas?


  • Mitt Romney, speaks at the podium as he concedes the presidency during Mitt Romney's campaign election night event at the Boston Convention 7 November 2012Aura of a loser?

    Mitt Romney looked presidential but could never pull it off


  • A woman holds up a feminist sign.PC virus

    Is liberal speech policing out of control?


Elsewhere on the BBC

  • ReadingBest books

    BBC Culture takes a look at ten books you should read in February

Programmes

  • A car being driven by Cruise Automation technologyClick Watch

    The tech which could allow any car with an automatic gearbox to become self-driving

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.