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RCN launches extra hours campaign in Berkshire


2 Feb 2015

The RCN is launching a campaign to highlight the extra hours of unpaid work that nursing staff are doing – propping up the NHS as it goes through one of the most challenging times in its history.

Nurses and healthcare assistants are working long and stressful days, frequently not taking their breaks, and with many having to work far beyond their shifts without any extra recompense.

At selected Trusts in the English regions and Northern Ireland, RCN members will now be claiming for the actual hours they work and seeking to have their contractual rights met.

Nursing staff at the Lister Hospital, part of the East and North Herts NHS Trust, have been recording their hours since the start of the year in a pilot scheme and they will now be joined by RCN members at other sites including Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Patricia Marquis, Regional Director for the RCN South East region said:

“We know that nursing staff regularly go above and beyond for their patients and we are very concerned that the goodwill of staff is now relied upon by the Government when NHS funding is considered.

“We will be supporting our members to say enough is enough and request time off or payment for all the hours they work, as is their right.”