job security? Yet another incredibly costly restructuring means that even existing nhs trust have made redundancies across all sectors including nursing, that's before your get into the realm of areas that are being
privatised put out to tender and then restructured further still.
- "clinical merit awards" or to use naughty private sector language "bonuses", for some clinical staff that can exceed £70K and are not performance based and ARE taken into account for pension calculations
cousultants only of course. The average wage in the nhs is not even near the £70k you quoted. Exactly what proportion of these nhs workers do you think these performance related bonuses apply to?
- up to 16 days sick leave on average for some roles that is never actively managed and never goes down
-and which roles would they be? -and which dinosaur of a trust does not actively manage sickness these days? When I worked in acute respiratory care you would be sent home for the sorts of coughs and splutters we all get because the risk you presented to the patients we had there outweighed the benefit of you staying and working. The same is certainly true for those in intensive care/hdu too ie your stay home sick threshhold is a lot lower than elsewhere. And we nearly all caught (inhaled) an airborne Norwalk-Like-Virus that nothing short of bunking off work would have protected us from and cost us all a few days off sick each. There are many places where through poor resources and poor support of staff, or just sheer bad luck, the job makes you ill whether it is managed by an NHS trust or a private company. If it makes you feel any better, I haven't had a day off sick or parental leave for three years, my couple of illnesses have had the good grace to occur during my 33 days annual leave. As for my colleages, my manager would be 'managed' about this and I would nevertheless be subject to a formal interview with HR if I was off sick (even for a day at a time) more than twice this year.