Hospitals refuse sick pay

Submitted by AWL on 13 October, 2020 - 4:56
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A Freedom of Information request from supporters of the Safe and Equal campaign in Redbridge Trades Council has found that Barking, Redbridge and Havering University Hospitals NHS Trust (BRHUT) is in breach of government instructions to ensure all healthcare staff have rights to full sick and isolation pay.

“Bank” (casual) staff working at the Trust, which includes King George Hospital in Goodmayes and Queen’s Hospital in Romford, are only entitled to Statutory Sick Pay at £95.85 a week if they have to isolate following public health guidance. Most of these staff are nurses, i.e. working directly with patients.

On 27 March, Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), NHS England and NHS Improvement, Public Health England (PHE), Health Education England and NHS Employers put out a joint statement “stating staff should receive full pay whilst in self-isolation. This includes bank staff and sub-contractors...”

This admission that the Trust is breaking DHSC rules for bank workers raises questions about the provision of full sick and isolation pay for outsourced workers, too.

Safe and Equal is calling on supporters to follow the lead of Redbridge Trades Council, submit FOI requests to local hospital trusts and build pressure to ensure all NHS staff are receiving full sick and isolation pay.

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