No extra pay for NHS staff on Diamond Jubilee bank holiday 'is mean-spirited'
HEALTH bosses are coming under pressure to give nurses, paramedics and hospital staff extra wages to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Unite says hospital and ambulance staff in East Yorkshire will lose out on extra pay after the Government declared Tuesday a bank holiday as part of the royal celebration.
The union has pointed the finger at four of East Yorkshire's NHS trusts in their "name and shame" list of 113 not giving staff extra wages for working on Tuesday.
Although health officials say staff working on Tuesday will receive time in lieu, Unite has accused employers are "behaving in a mean-spirited fashion" by treating the bank holiday as a normal working day.
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Rachael Maskell, the union's head of health, said: "Even at this 11th hour, we call upon Health Secretary Andrew Lansley to instruct employers to honour the long-established bank holiday arrangements.
"This is going to hit thousands of NHS staff, who will be maintaining the smooth-running of the health service without any acknowledgement from their employers of this special day, while millions of others will be enjoying the occasion."
Unite wrote to the Queen about the issue and said staff will be hit by extra childcare costs, as well as disruption travelling to work.
The Department of Health said the decision over NHS staff holidays on Tuesday is up to employers.
Stephen Moir, deputy chief executive at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust, said under NHS terms and conditions, staff were entitled to eight general public holidays a year.
He said the trust's decision not to give staff extra pay "mirrors the approach" nationally.
Mr Moir said all staff will receive an extra day of annual leave, with some taking their day on Tuesday and those who work taking their day later.
Hull And East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital, said staff who work on Tuesday will also be "paid as a normal working day".
Jayne Adamson, chief of workforce and organisational development, said: "The trust has adopted the same policy for the Diamond Jubilee weekend as we did for the Royal Wedding.
"We have asked all staff who can do so to take Tuesday as a bank holiday.
"All staff who are critical for patient care need to be here, as I'm sure most people would expect.
"However, they will receive an additional day of annual leave as compensation."
Staff at Northern Lincolnshire And Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Goole And District Hospital, and Scarborough And North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Bridlington Hospital, will also receive an extra day's holiday but no extra pay.