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Cumbrian hospitals staff must work Queen's Jubilee for no extra pay

While street parties get underway across the county to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee many Cumbrian health staff will find themselves having to work – and for no extra pay.

North Cumbria’s hospitals are treating the extra public holiday on Tuesday, June 5 as a normal working day.

It stresses that those who are already rostered to work at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle or West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven will get an extra day of holiday to take in lieu – however they will not get additional pay for working a public holiday.

A North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust spokeswoman said: “I can confirm that, as with the Royal wedding last year, the Trust is offering staff an additional day’s leave. Tuesday June 5 will be treated as a normal working day in order to meet the needs of the service – in line with other NHS organisations in Cumbria.”

The Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which runs community and mental health services across the county, will be operating a public holiday service – but again, those who do have to work won’t get extra pay.

“The trust will be operating the services we would normally operate on a public holiday.

“For staff who are rostered to work on the June 5, payment and conditions of service will be those which would apply on a normal Tuesday, with a day off in lieu. All other staff will be given a day’s annual leave,” said a spokeswoman.

Many health trusts across England are taking a similar stance, as was the case during the extra public holiday for last year’s Royal Wedding.

This has prompted the trade union Unite to call on the Queen herself to intervene. It says that although the Government has declared June 5 a public holiday, many NHS employers in England will be regarding it as a normal working day with staff not being paid additional rates.

Unite, the largest union in the country, added that the Diamond Jubilee was taking place against a backdrop of more than one million NHS employees taking serious pay cuts, being forced to pay more for their pensions and receive less on retirement.

In a letter to the Queen, Unite’s head of health, Rachael Maskell said: “I am asking if you could make an intervention to ensure that hard-working NHS staff in England will be afforded the opportunity, with the rest of the nation, to celebrate Your Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.

“And for those that have to provide cover to ensure patient safety and wellbeing of the sick receive the nationally-agreed public holiday terms and conditions.”

Have your say

working for nhs on a bank holiday is both pleasure and pain

Posted by nhs staff on 20 May 2012 at 02:46

People should stop whinging and be just be thankful that they have a job. They're getting a day off in lieu, what more do they want?

Posted by Nikki on 3 May 2012 at 10:03

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