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Health workers facing pay cuts
MORE than 100 health professionals across York and North Yorkshire are facing pay cuts of up to £5,000, it has emerged.
The 110 members of staff, all of whom work for York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, will be moved down a pay grade as part of a planned cost-cutting measure by the Trust, which has to make millions of pounds of savings.
Those affected work as physiotherapists, speech language therapists, occupational therapists and dieticians.
The changes, which are under consultation, are being challenged by the union Unite.
Terry Cunliffe, regional officer with the union, said “Staff are both angry and very upset about this.
“We have had people in tears. They have come through the grades and now see themselves going backwards.”
He claimed the changes could affect the quality of care given to patients.
He said some employees were facing pay cuts of as much as £5,000 a year after being taken down from Band 7 to Band 6.
York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust runs York Hospital as well as Scarborough, Malton, Bridlington and the New Selby Memorial Hospital and other smaller sites.
Patrick Crowley, the head of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said the trust has made up to £75m in cuts over the last three years and may have to cut up to £30m over the next year.
A spokeswoman for the trust said: “Allied Health Professional (AHP) services are currently being reviewed right across the Trust as part of an overall review since the transfer of community services in 2011 and the acquisition of Scarborough Hospital in 2012.”
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