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FCS responds to the NHS Pay Review Body call for evidence on 7 Day Working.

23/02/2015 13:08:43

The Federation of Clinical Scientists has submitted a response on behalf of the association to the NHS England call for evidence on 7 Day Working.

The key points of the Federation's response are:

1. Current Agenda for Change terms and conditions provide adequate facilities and mechanisms to support broader 7 days service whilst mitigating the detrimental impact on work-family balance when much of the rest of society works 5 days.

2. We do not believe they represent any fundamental barriers. It is a matter for local employers and unions representing the staff to work in partnership to deliver clinical services patients need. Healthcare staff are well aware and dedicated to serving the patients who rely on them.

3. Our members are dedicated to delivering innovation and new ways of working but this must be in a context of partnership rather than simply seeking to remove costs from the system.

4. Major changes in staff numbers required must be subject to robust workforce planning which itself needs to feed into the relevant education of new and development of existing staff under the leadership of Health Education England.

5. More attention should be given to the positive possibilities afforded by technology, particularly IT.

6. Specific attention must be given to the provision of 24/7 services by an aging healthcare workforce.

The full response can be viewed by clicking here.

Mr Geoff Lester - NHS Staff Council Representative,

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