Doctors and nurses could be forced to take pay cuts and work longer hours under NHS plans to save money. Other measures drawn up by 19 hospital trusts in England would also see employees losing some of their holiday and not being paid for overtime. Managers behind these plans claim they are the only way to avert a funding crisis.
Access to a leaked document suggests cutting salaries by five per cent, restricting overtime payments, cutting annual holiday by two days and making staff work for an extra 25 minutes per day.
Jeannett Martin of The Royal College of Nursing commented that the proposals could cause “serious implications for the recruitment and retention of staff … and patient care.”
A BMA spokesperson said: “This is not how successful and sustainable efficiencies are going to be achieved.”