COMMENT: Trust should show more sensitivity

THE finances of all our public sector organisations are stretched and in the global picture it is hard to argue too much with the decision to withdraw the Christmas payment for nurses at community hospitals. As we report today, the charitable funds committee of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has withdrawn the £35-a-head donation towards a Christmas celebration. The trust itself is facing making £52m of cuts over the next five years and the committee wants to see any expenditure, whether directly or indirectly, providing “patient benefit”. In the world of the public sector bean counter, there is no issue. Unfortunately, we are dealing with community hospital nurses, for whom compassion, humanity and providing the best care is an integral part of the job. And those nurses will quite rightly look at the loss of this bonus a few months after the trust had bumped up the then-chief executive’s pay structure by £5,000 and question if this is fair and just. Of course, professionally they should provide the best care they can, but they are human beings and this is a huge motivational own goal that health bosses should have been sensitive to. It is not the pay rise or the Christmas cut that is the disturbing issue for the public. It is the lack of awareness about how these issues connect.

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3:19pm Wed 24 Oct 12

Skippy 2 says...

The trust needs to save 52 million pounds but is upsetting all its staff by bringing in 13 hour shifts and making staff work 6 shifts over 5 days This is only saving £660000 pounds as they are creating 3 new band 8 manager jobs!!!! A lot more money could be saved if they stopped wastage eg medication which is thrown out even if unopened. I suppose that's what you get when the person in charge of the project came from Tesco!!!
The trust needs to save 52 million pounds but is upsetting all its staff by bringing in 13 hour shifts and making staff work 6 shifts over 5 days This is only saving £660000 pounds as they are creating 3 new band 8 manager jobs!!!! A lot more money could be saved if they stopped wastage eg medication which is thrown out even if unopened. I suppose that's what you get when the person in charge of the project came from Tesco!!! Skippy 2

3:22pm Wed 24 Oct 12

Skippy 2 says...

The staff at community hospital where I work have only ever got ten pounds at Xmas so don't know where the thirty five pounds came from. Many patients and relatives donate money specifically for the nursing staff but this is ever seen by them
The staff at community hospital where I work have only ever got ten pounds at Xmas so don't know where the thirty five pounds came from. Many patients and relatives donate money specifically for the nursing staff but this is ever seen by them Skippy 2

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