Health work­ers in back pay bid

NHS re­view­ing claims over sev­eral years

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS - Amanda Craw­ford

Health work­ers in the re­gion could be owed “hun­dreds of thou­sands of pounds” in back­dated pay.

The NHS has been mis­cal­cu­lat­ing an el­e­ment of wages paid to staff at Dum­fries In­fir­mary for more than a decade.

And it is now try­ing to ret­ro­spec­tively work out what it owes and to whom fol­low­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of a new pay­ments sys­tem in 2004.

A for­mer nurse at the hos­pi­tal told the Stan­dard: “While there were also over­pay­ments at­tached to the new method, the num­ber of un­der­pay­ments by far out­weigh those. I am talk­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of pounds.”

The mis­takes over pay re­late to the Agenda for Change which came into force in 2004 and af­fected en­hance­ments, such as “unso­cia­ble hours”, dur­ing pe­ri­ods of staff leave.

Un­til then hos­pi­tal work­ers re­ceived a per­cent­age of their en­hance­ments if they were on hol­i­day but the new method re­quired them to be paid what they were ac­tu­ally en­ti­tled to.

How­ever, it has been re­vealed that mis­takes in pay cal­cu­la­tions were made and the health board has or­dered a review.

The for­mer nurse, who asked to re­main anony­mous, said: “It was taken up with bosses in 2015 and from there a work­ing group was formed to deal with the prob­lem. The bosses ac­cepted there were mis­takes.”

A spokes­woman for NHS Dum­fries and Gal­loway con­firmed that they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the is­sue.

But the probe will only go back five years when the sys­tem be­ing used to cal­cu­late the en­hanced pay­ments was again changed.

The spokes­woman said: “This is a sub­stan­tial piece of work and re­quires the re­sults to be ver­i­fied be­fore the pay­ment can be re­leased to staff.

“The data col­lated to date shows both over­pay­ments as well as un­der­pay­ments.”

A new au­to­mated sys­tem of pay­ments is now in place.

Wage claims Staff at DGRI are seek­ing back pay­ments

De­lighted Rhona pic­tured with her gold medal in 2002

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