Salisbury District Hospital staff could face changes to their NHS jobs

Salisbury District Hospital staff could face changes to their NHS jobs

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 5:47am 4th September 2018. (Updated at 5:48am 4th September 2018)

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Around 400 staff could have their employment transferred to a private company rather than being employed by the Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.

Salisbury District Hospital have started a formal month-long consultation period which will decide whether or not to make the transfer.

The staff facing the move from NHS to a 'arms-length private company' employment include porters, switchboard operators and couriers - not medical staff.

LAYMAN'S TERMS

If it goes ahead, it means that the nearly 400 staff will no longer be employed by the NHS, but receive their pay from a private company.

Salisbury District Hospital - SDH - Main Entrance (Mike Draper) (2)
Staff at the hospital were praised by Sajid Javid for their professionalism following the nerve agent incidents

This could mean that new employees especially may not receive NHS perks or pensions, as well as lesser pay.

UNISON, the trade union, has said this move is appealing to the NHS trusts because they can use them to reduce their VAT payments, and cut the pay and pensions for any new staff.

General secretary Dave Prentis said:

"It is unacceptable to contract out these hard-working members of staff who have chosen to be part of the NHS team.

"If the trust goes ahead with these plans, it will create a two-tier workforce where new staff are likely to be far worse off in terms of their pay and pensions.

"The trust needs to find a different way of saving money that won't have such a negative impact on patients, services and staff."

NHS

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust have said:

"The Trust is continually looking at ways in which it can improve the quality of care it provides and how it delivers good quality efficient services for patients.

"The Trust Board is developing proposals for the formation of a wholly owned subsidiary with Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust as the only shareholder, to provide procurement, estates and facilities services to the Trust.

"The Trust has a proven track record of delivering highly successful services using this model and this will have an impact on approximately 400 existing staff who would, if approved, transfer under TUPE Regulations into the wholly owned subsidiary.

"The subsidiary would then trade as a separate arm's length company, under the name Salisbury Healthcare Solutions (SHS)."

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