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12 September, 2000

UNION WARNS NHS TRUSTS NOT TO PENALISE PETROL STARVED
NHS STAFF

Health union MSF today warned NHS trusts not to force staff to take part of their annual leave, if petrol shortages force them to stop work.

MSF Head of Health Roger Kline said today (Tuesday, 12 September):

"We have had a number of reports that trusts are considering sending home staff to take part of their annual leave. This is unacceptable.

Roger Kline, who is also Head of Labour Relations for the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association, said: "We hope petrol will be made available to all NHS staff who need to use cars to do their job - such as health visitors, district nurses, speech and language therapists and scientists doing on-call.

"Where this is not possible and no work can be done, staff should not be penalised. They should be sent home on paid leave, but remain available for work as soon as petrol becomes available.

"Our members are making every effort to keep services going. We expect NHS employers to recognise that by making effective contingency plans, prioritising petrol supplies for them and not forcing staff to use up their annual leave. Our members already subsidise the NHS when they use their cars. This is adding insult to injury."

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NOTE FOR NEWS DESKS

For further information, please contact

Roger Kline

Tel:

0468 69 39 34 (mobile)

Shaun Noble, CPHVA Communications Officer

Tel:

(020) 7939 7043

0468 69 39 40 (mobile)

NHS press releases can be seen on the MSF Health web site: www.msfhealth.org

MSF represents 65,000 health service professionals including the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists, laboratory scientific staff, the College of Health Care Chaplains, the Community Psychiatric Nurses Association, the Medical Practitioners' Union, clinical psychologists, speech therapists, the Hospital Physicists Association and the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association.

MSF has 400,000 skilled and professional members in a wide range of industries. It is the UK's fifth largest union.


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