Health workers in back pay bid
NHS reviewing claims over several years
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.
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