Hospital staff to get pay cuts

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HOSPITAL staff in Lancaster are to be hit with pay cutbacks as the trust which runs the Royal Lancaster Infirmary aims to save £15m.

They have been agreed by the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust board as part of a plan to make drastic savings in the next financial year, with members choosing to impose changes to performance-related pay increments despite opposition from unions.

The trust identified three other main costcutting areas: sick leave, Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks and staff parking permits.

These proposals could save the trust more than £620,000, which would equate to around 24 front line jobs based on the £26,258 cost of employing a band 5 staff nurse.

Incremental pay increases will not be frozen across the board but will be linked to performance.

See the Lancaster Guardian (28-04-11) for full story.