We wont wage war on pay Trust boss

HEALTH boss Stephen Eames has denied wanting to end national pay scales for hospital workers.

He spoke out after the Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust joined forces with six other organisations for a plan to share some services.

Mid-Yorkshire has teamed up with groups including the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

They are discussing moves to collaborate mostly on back office functions, such as human resources and pay and conditions.

This could include joint terms for new starters and contract changes for existing staff that take advantage of employment law reforms.

The move is detailed in a strategy paper called Working Together, which was presented to Mid-Yorkshire’s board last month.

It claimed “quick wins” can be achieved, but a joint human resources director would have to be hired to drive through the changes.

But Mr Eames denied Mid-Yorkshire wants to form a consortium aimed at breaking national pay scales.

He said it was “not the debate we are having” and they were simply “ideas that were being tossed around”.

Mid-Yorkshire has already been hit by strikes over plans to cut the pay of clerical staff.

The Working Together document also outlines ideas for shared training and a pooled bank of locum doctors.

Paediatric care could also be shared, though the report dismissed the joint delivery of major acute services, such as cancer, dementia and maternity.

It is hoped such moves will save cash-strapped Mid-Yorkshire millions of pounds.

Mr Eames and the chief executives at the six other trusts released a joint statement about the plan.

They said: “By collaborating, we can improve clinical quality standards for our patients while also recognising the future financial challenges we face.

“We have the opportunity to use these challenges to push the pace to become better.

“It is very early days and no firm proposals have been agreed (but) we are all very clear that the purpose is not a review of acute services.”

n Documents presented to Mid-Yorkshire’s board show the trust is set to post a smaller deficit than predicted.

Mid-Yorkshire, which was set for a £26m overspend up to April 2013, is now likely to record a £24.6m deficit.

The documents also showed Mid-Yorkshire breached the 62-day cancer referral to treatment target 20 times in January.

Half of the patients affected were shared with other trusts. Of the 10 people  treated solely by Mid-Yorkshire, six cases were regarded as unavoidable.

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