NHS vote paves the way for regional pay among Plymouth health workers
PLANS to change the pay, terms and conditions of city NHS workers have been given the go-ahead.
The NHS Staff Council yesterday agreed to changes to the NHS Terms and Conditions of Service Handbook, which covers staff all over the country on 'Agenda for Change' contracts.
The changes will see local employers being given more flexibility over staff pay progression. There will also be an adjustment to the way sick pay is calculated, including removing unsocial hours enhancements when staff are absent due to sickness.
Prior to the agreement, 19 NHS Trusts including Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, had moved towards breaking away from Agenda for Change and introducing local terms and conditions through the controversial South West Pay Consortium.
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Chris Bown, chairman of the consortium, said last night: "The consortium has always welcomed the proposals and are delighted that agreement has now been reached. We are encouraged by the commitment shown in ensuring national NHS terms and conditions are sustainable and fair."