Hospital bosses may cut sick pay

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SICK pay could be cut by hospital chiefs seeking to find £15m in savings for the year from April – with new figures showing sick leave cost £6.3m between April 2009 and December 2010.

The University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust, which runs the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, admitted last week that job losses were inevitable due to a worse than expected tariff – the amount it is paid for the services it delivers.

Patrick McGahon, director of service and commercial development, who has been tasked with leading a five-strong team to find the savings, said options included not paying staff for the first two or three days of sick leave as part of a review of terms and conditions.

See the Lancaster Guardian (11-02-11) for full story.