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9 October 2000


Health union MSF today welcomed the publication of the NHS Human Resources Framework for England as a significant step forward, MSF Head of Health Roger Kline said today (Monday, 9 October).

"MSF has long argued there was a huge gap between good national policies and what was happening on the ground. Our own detailed survey earlier this year showed that only a small minority of trusts were implementing the majority of the new policies set out by Ministers.

"For many of our members little has changed in their trust. Ministers and civil servants have listened to our evidence and this new framework looks like a determined attempt to stop backsliding and set standards we will be comfortable with.

"We still have concerns about whether some trusts will prioritise good employment practice and serious doubts about the skills and capacity of HR staff in some trusts and at regional level. However if this framework is delivered then it ill undoubtedly make real difference to our members lives.

Roger Kline added: "MSF will have a key role in ensuring these policies turn into practice. Our representatives will be performance managing from below and will whistleblow on any employer who blatantly ignores this framework."



Copies of MSF's survey on the implementation of good HR practice is available from and copies of our Handbook The 29 Steps are available from

For further information, please contact

Roger Kline ( 0468 69 39 34
Barrie Brown ( 0498 531022
Colin Adkins ( (020) 7939 7095
Gerry Looker ( 07768 931318
Shaun Noble Press Officer ( (020) 7939 7043
Mobile ( 0468 69 39 40

For further information, please contact

Shaun Noble, Press Officer


(020) 7939 7043

0468 69 39 40 (mobile)

Roger Kline


0468 69 39 34 (mobile)

Barrie Brown


0468 53 1022 (mobile)

Colin Adkins


(020) 7939 7095

Gerry Looker


07768 93 13 18 (mobile)

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MSF represents 65,000 health service professionals including the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists, laboratory scientific staff, medical technical officers, 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.