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Nurses have slammed "draconian" rules which stop them from drinking water during their shifts. Many say are unable to take breaks to eat or drink water due to staff shortages and high workloads. The topic of hydration was debated at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) annual conference in Belfast…
Apps which allow NHS workers to book onto empty shifts could be rolled out across the country to reduce reliance on "expensive agency staff".Under the trial, thousands of doctors, midwives and nurses at hospital trusts will be able to sign up to work extra hours using the technology and some…
NHS England is to pay damages to a GP whose privacy it breached by telling the BBC that she was under investigation. Its "wrongful and unlawful" statements had caused enormous distress and upset to Dr Rina Miah, who ran the Harbottle Surgery in Northumberland - the UK's most isolated rural…
Ministers have been urged to close a loophole which allows agency workers to be paid less than permanent members of staff. Labour's Stephanie Peacock (Barnsley East) said agency work had "boomed", but that the workers were "some of the most exploited in our economy". Her Employment and Workers' Rights Bill,…
Nurses and healthcare workers will start voting on Monday on whether to accept a pay deal negotiated after years of wage restraint. The Royal College of Nursing said the offer would give NHS staff the biggest pay rise in a decade, worth between 6.5% and 29% over three years. The…
Increases in a hospital's car parking charges for staff will wipe out a proposed NHS pay rise, according to a union. Unite expressed anger at an announcement of increases for patients, visitors and staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn from June. The union said many staff faced…
About 1.4 million council workers and school support workers are set to receive a 2% pay rise following a consultation with staff. Two of the three unions involved have accepted the offer, which will give some lower-paid employees a wage rise of up to 16% over two years. Unison and…
Three out of 10 hospitals charge staff for car parking, new figures show. Doctors and nurses are expected to pay at 348 out of the 1,175 hospitals with parking facilities, according to NHS data. The highest average charge for staff is £2 per hour at both the Edgware Community Hospital,…
The cost of childcare has risen by as much as 47% across England since the Tories came to power, according to new analysis by Labour. The party's figures suggest the costs of nurseries and childminders have grown at double or even triple the rate of wages. Shadow education secretary Angela…
New requirements to ensure care staff who look after people in their own homes are treated fairly and people receiving care experience the best possible services come into force today, the Welsh Government has confirmed. The new requirements are part of the Welsh Government’s wider efforts to support the delivery…
Gagging orders which prevent women speaking out about maternity discrimination are a priority in a Government review, according to a minister. Business Minister Andrew Griffiths said non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) are at the "top of my agenda" amid calls for Government action to protect the thousands of pregnant women who either…
Victims of sexual harassment at work need better protection because their voices have been silenced by "corrosive" cultures, a report has said. The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) called on the Government to introduce legislation stopping employers from ignoring complaints to protect their reputation. The commission said it had…
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