East Sussex hospital staff offered voluntary resignation scheme

East Sussex hospital staff offered voluntary resignation scheme

East Sussex hospital staff offered voluntary resignation scheme

First published in News by , Health reporter

Hospital staff are being asked to consider opting for voluntary resignation as bosses battle to save millions of pounds.
 

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has started a programme called the Mutually Agreed Resignation Scheme (MARS).
 

The trust, which runs Eastbourne District General Hospital and The Conquest in Hastings, has spent the last few months trying to save £10 million to help it keep on financial track.
 

It is planning to the end the financial year with a deficit of just under £19 million, but has been struggling to make the savings.
 

This is partly down to a high demand and patients spending longer in hospital than expected.
 

In a message to staff, chief executive Darren Grayson said: “MARS is a scheme under which an individual employee, in agreement with the trust as their employer, chooses to leave employment in return for a severance payment.
 

“MARS is not a redundancy or a voluntary redundancy as under MARS, managers may appoint to the vacancy.”
 

The scheme is being offered to selected groups of workers, including administrative and clerical staff, managerial staff and senior clinical workers.

It does not include front line medical workers.
 

The trust has taken several steps to reducing spending, which have including closing a ward at Eastbourne and cutting back on using expensive agency staff.
 

It has also been asking staff to come up with other money-saving measures, which have included switching off lights and computers at night and making sure taps are not dripping.
 

Other ideas put forward have included cutting down on printing, keeping doors and windows closed while the heating is on and not to put general rubbish in clinical waste bags.
 

Workers have also been asked to use technology like video conferencing, so people do not have to travel between the trust’s various sites.
 

A spokesman for Unison said: “Obviously this is something we are keeping a close eye on and will do what we can to support any of our members.”

 

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7:22am Mon 27 Jan 14

Take it Personally says...

What a joke! If MARS is such a great deal, why doesn't Darren Grayson and his cronies take it?
Maybe then the trust wouldn't be in such a financial mess. Kind of closing the stable door after the horse has bolted.
What a joke! If MARS is such a great deal, why doesn't Darren Grayson and his cronies take it? Maybe then the trust wouldn't be in such a financial mess. Kind of closing the stable door after the horse has bolted. Take it Personally
  • Score: 9

7:23am Mon 27 Jan 14

HJarrs says...

The hospital is getting busier and therefore staff must be cut. This country becomes crazier by the day!

This does not affect doctors and nurses...except it will be they that now carry out the admin and other duties.
The hospital is getting busier and therefore staff must be cut. This country becomes crazier by the day! This does not affect doctors and nurses...except it will be they that now carry out the admin and other duties. HJarrs
  • Score: 4

7:39am Mon 27 Jan 14

Take it Personally says...

MARS scheme: you get half of what you would be entitled to if you were made redundant.
Because it's a voluntary scheme you are not entitled to any benefits or support afterwards because you volunteered for this.
it's a lose:lose situation for the employee

But I'm sure HR in ESHT are telling staff the truth about this.

But switching off lights, computers and dripping taps is tokenism, if they really want to address the true waste, they need to address incompetent managers and HR staff and avoid the costly lawsuits.
MARS scheme: you get half of what you would be entitled to if you were made redundant. Because it's a voluntary scheme you are not entitled to any benefits or support afterwards because you volunteered for this. it's a lose:lose situation for the employee But I'm sure HR in ESHT are telling staff the truth about this. But switching off lights, computers and dripping taps is tokenism, if they really want to address the true waste, they need to address incompetent managers and HR staff and avoid the costly lawsuits. Take it Personally
  • Score: 12

9:29am Mon 27 Jan 14

Morpheus says...

So the NHS gets rid of one person and then might appoint somebody to the post. Can this organisation get any worse?
So the NHS gets rid of one person and then might appoint somebody to the post. Can this organisation get any worse? Morpheus
  • Score: 4

11:55am Mon 27 Jan 14

MICKY389 says...

It is plain to see that management incompetence has come home to roost in a big way, and guess who is going to suffer, staff and patients yet again while those that caused this grief continue to draw their multi thousand salaries and doubtless when it finally unravels will receive hundreds of thousands in severance. T'was ever thus
It is plain to see that management incompetence has come home to roost in a big way, and guess who is going to suffer, staff and patients yet again while those that caused this grief continue to draw their multi thousand salaries and doubtless when it finally unravels will receive hundreds of thousands in severance. T'was ever thus MICKY389
  • Score: 3

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