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Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital staff 'not getting pay'

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Media captionStaff told the BBC the pay they had received and the figure on their wage slips were "very different"

Hospital staff in Buckinghamshire have said they are not being paid in full amid fears of redundancy and that the hospital may close.

The private Royal Buckinghamshire Hospital in Aylesbury informed staff they would receive 20% of their July salary, workers told BBC Oxford.

Speaking anonymously, they said the private hospital admitted it was in a "serious financial situation".

The hospital said it was in consultation with staff.

It was opened in the 1830s on a design by Florence Nightingale and was later a maternity unit before becoming a private hospital in the 1990s.

Now a specialist spinal injury and rehabilitation centre, it describes itself as the only independent unit of its kind in the UK.

'Very bleak'

The salary announcement was made on 27 July, with the lowered wages paid out on 31 July.

A member of staff said: "It's made the future look very bleak."

The hospital has not commented at length but in a statement said a 30-day staff consultation began on 3 August.

Buckinghamshire Unison spokesman Stephen Bell said: "We're saddened and shocked and feel for the staff and patients involved.

"We're working with staff to ensure their needs are met and we're mounting a campaign to raise public awareness."

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