Musgrove Park Hospital staff offered pay-offs as part of savings scheme

This is The West Country: Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton. Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton.

STAFF at Musgrove Park Hospital have been offered pay-offs to leave as part of a £13million savings programme.

All employees were given the chance to apply to take a severance payment, with the amount based on how long they had worked there.

Bosses are now sifting through applications before deciding who will go.

The Mutually Agreed Resignation Scheme (MARS) is a national scheme developed in agreement with unions to help NHS organisations address their financial challenges.

Chris Perry, director of change at Musgrove, said: “We need to deliver savings in the region of £13million this financial year, while continuing to improve the quality, safety and experience of the care we provide to the patients we serve, which is why we launched a MARS scheme in March.

“MARS benefits employees in that those wishing to leave, in agreement with the hospital, will receive a severance payment which is calculated on their length of service.

“The hospital also benefits as the scheme then creates job vacancies which can be filled by the redeployment of staff from other jobs within the hospital.

“As this is not a redundancy scheme, it enables the organisation to reduce the number of posts, and therefore the pay-bill, in a more flexible way.”

All staff employed by Musgrove were eligible to apply before the March 28 closing date.

Applications are currently being reviewed and will only be supported if the departure of an employee, on voluntary terms, is in the financial and operational interests of the hospital and would not have an adverse effect on the quality of the care the hospital provides.

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The Con-Dems are destroying our NHS. Alongside cutting 5,000 jobs, their privatisation drive threatens the very existence of a national health service. Health union Unison warns that the government is planning to privatise 30 hospitals driven into 'financial difficulties' through cuts, profiteering pharmaceutical companies and rip-off PFI schemes. The Mirror revealed in February that private health firms with Tory links have been awarded contracts worth nearly £1.5 billion. Prominent among them is Care UK. But while the Tories promote these blood-sucking parasites, workers are fighting them. This speech was made by a striking Doncaster Care UK worker at the miners' strike 30th anniversary rally in Edlington, Doncaster on 5 April.

"I'm proud to say I was born in Edlo. I was a teenager in the miners' strike and I can remember the hardship a lot of people suffered because of it. But I also remember how everyone stuck together and looked out for each other. It's things like that that makes me proud to be part of this today.

Just as the mining community fought Thatcherism against pit closures, we long-time NHS employees are standing up against the privatisation of the NHS. Unfortunately for us who care for people with learning disabilities it is already too late. The contract was up for tender and the mainly Labour council awarded the contract to the inappropriately named company Care UK. Shame on Doncaster council!

Within just a few weeks of taking the contract over, they informed us that for the contract to be sustainable, reductions in our terms and conditions would have to be made. For some of us this would mean losing £500 a month, £6,000 a year, so some are facing losing their homes.

What this company has neglected to make public is that a substantial part of their budget goes straight to their shareholders in profit. Can't pay their staff, but can pay their shareholders!

These people are not just making profit off of us workers but are making profit off of the most vulnerable people in our society, our service users. This is shameful in any civilised society.

We have been striking and will return to the picket line, standing united. We are doing this with a heavy heart but we are resolute that what we are doing is morally the right thing to do.

The support we have had from the unions and other affiliations and the general public has been overwhelming, and all recognise we are fighting against the greed of those profiteering capitalists who have no conscience whatsoever.

What we haven't had is any recognition from any of our local MPs. No acknowledgment of our plight. . The leader of the Opposition, Doncaster MP Ed Miliband, has not uttered a word of support.

Shame on them!"

The Care UK workers, members of Unison are taking further strike action over Easter, with a demonstration on 19 April. Please send messages of support to admin@unison-dab.org
.uk and donations/cheques made out to: "Doncaster, District & Bassetlaw Health Branch" and send to: Jenkinson House, White Rose Way, Doncaster, DN4 5GJ.

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The Con-Dems are destroying our NHS. Alongside cutting 5,000 jobs, their privatisation drive threatens the very existence of a national health service. Health union Unison warns that the government is planning to privatise 30 hospitals driven into 'financial difficulties' through cuts, profiteering pharmaceutical companies and rip-off PFI schemes. The Mirror revealed in February that private health firms with Tory links have been awarded contracts worth nearly £1.5 billion. Prominent among them is Care UK. But while the Tories promote these blood-sucking parasites, workers are fighting them. This speech was made by a striking Doncaster Care UK worker at the miners' strike 30th anniversary rally in Edlington, Doncaster on 5 April. "I'm proud to say I was born in Edlo. I was a teenager in the miners' strike and I can remember the hardship a lot of people suffered because of it. But I also remember how everyone stuck together and looked out for each other. It's things like that that makes me proud to be part of this today. Just as the mining community fought Thatcherism against pit closures, we long-time NHS employees are standing up against the privatisation of the NHS. Unfortunately for us who care for people with learning disabilities it is already too late. The contract was up for tender and the mainly Labour council awarded the contract to the inappropriately named company Care UK. Shame on Doncaster council! Within just a few weeks of taking the contract over, they informed us that for the contract to be sustainable, reductions in our terms and conditions would have to be made. For some of us this would mean losing £500 a month, £6,000 a year, so some are facing losing their homes. What this company has neglected to make public is that a substantial part of their budget goes straight to their shareholders in profit. Can't pay their staff, but can pay their shareholders! These people are not just making profit off of us workers but are making profit off of the most vulnerable people in our society, our service users. This is shameful in any civilised society. We have been striking and will return to the picket line, standing united. We are doing this with a heavy heart but we are resolute that what we are doing is morally the right thing to do. The support we have had from the unions and other affiliations and the general public has been overwhelming, and all recognise we are fighting against the greed of those profiteering capitalists who have no conscience whatsoever. What we haven't had is any recognition from any of our local MPs. No acknowledgment of our plight. [Doncaster Labour MP Caroline Flint was in the crowd]. The leader of the Opposition, Doncaster MP Ed Miliband, has not uttered a word of support. Shame on them!" The Care UK workers, members of Unison are taking further strike action over Easter, with a demonstration on 19 April. Please send messages of support to admin@unison-dab.org .uk and donations/cheques made out to: "Doncaster, District & Bassetlaw Health Branch" and send to: Jenkinson House, White Rose Way, Doncaster, DN4 5GJ. www.socialistpary.or g.uk SocialistParty_SomersetBranch
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