Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust is the latest to leave the cartel

Tim Lezard

pay cartelA fifth NHS trust has left the South West pay cartel.

Following the withdrawal earlier in the month Yeovil District Hospital Foundation Trust, Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and Dorset County Hospital Foundation Trust, and last year’s quitting of Bournemouth and Christchurch NHS Foundation Trust, UNISON has welcomed the news Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust is to leave the cartel.

Trust chair Jonathan Walsh today told members of the trust board he had listened to staff and did not want to offer a service of which they were not proud. In the light of the Francis report, he said, the board decided to make some immediate changes.

UNISON South West regional organiser Michael Cracknell said: “We are delighted with the DHUFT’s announcement that they would not be continuing with the Pay Consortium.  This makes DHUFT the fifth Trust to end their involvement with the Cartel, which leaves just fifteen of the original twenty.  This is good news for the staff, our members, patients in Dorset and the future of the NHS across the South West, not to mention our ongoing campaign against the remainder of the cartel.

“With more board meetings due to take place later this week, we can only hope that they also see the merits of adhering to nationally negotiated pay, terms and conditions and show the same commitment to their staff as DHUFT has done.

“We now look forward to working closer with DHUFT and the other staff unions in making sure that they provide a service they can be proud of in Dorset.”

UNISON South West area organiser Georgina Cawley said: “The reaction from staff to this announcement has been a huge sigh of relief, lifting the threat of their income being further reduced and in some way it recognises the culture of goodwill from staff who work numerous unpaid hours to give their best care to the patients.”


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Tim Lezard

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