Health workers’ anger at backpay
Hospital staff have claimed they have been left in the dark over a deadline for claiming backdated holiday pay.
The P&J previously revealed that nurses in the north and north-east could be owed millions after it was found that health boards in Grampian, Highland, Orkney and Shetland are lagging behind others in resolving a payroll backlog.
NHS Grampian has set a deadline of December 31 for claims for back pay between 2008 and 2014. But some members of staff insist they have not been informed properly, which the health board disputes.
One worker claimed she had only found out by chance about the deadline, and insists colleagues she shared the information with also had no idea about it.
She said: “It’s bad enough that we are expected to fill in forms and have to go to such an effort to get money that we are owed.”
A spokesman for the health board said: “NHS Grampian has agreed appropriate processes and a phased implementation plan with our trade unions and professional organisations to identify staff who may have been entitled to historic payments. We have also sought to raise awareness of the processes through a number of communication methods, for example a dedicated intranet page and an organisational wide notification earlier this year through e-mail. The phased implementation plan does contain deadlines which differ depending on the area of work.”
“NHS Grampian has agreed appropriate processes”