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Almost 9,000 NHS staff remain unpaid after payroll blunder
2:37pm Friday 30th August 2013 in News
ALMOST 9,000 staff at two hospitals have not been paid their monthly wages after a payroll blunder.
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, the Friarage, in Northallerton, said its employees had been due to be paid today (Friday, August 30).
A spokesman for the trust said: “This is down to a human error and the finance team has been doing everything possible to try and rectify the problem.
“The finance team has tried, with the trust’s bank, to find another way of paying staff today, but have been unable to do this.
“We have contacted all the main banks to explain our error and ask them to honour the routine transactions of staff accounts and where possible, waive any charges. The majority have been supportive.”
It is understood the employees will not receive their wages until Monday.
The trust said it would honour bank charges staff incur as a result of the delay.
The trust spokesman said: “We appreciate that this delay may cause real hardship to a number of staff.
"Staff in extreme difficulty should contact their banks first, but the trust has also put arrangements in place to help those people who may be in real hardship over the weekend.”
The trust has set up a helpline, 01642 854355, for staff and it will be manned up to 7pm today (Friday, August 30) and between 9am and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
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