Issues involving NHS hospitals, trusts or individual staff can quickly become a matter of media and public comment.
The highly publicised three-year dispute between the Government and junior doctors, over the introduction of a new junior doctors’ contract for the NHS, ended in September 2016 following an unsuccessful legal challenge in the High Court by junior doctors. The new contract is being imposed between October 2016 and October 2017. See Types of contract > Future developments for further information.
Trade unions representing 1.3 million nurses, doctors and other health professionals have written to Theresa May asking her to ditch the longstanding 1% pay cap on NHS staff.
Caroline Nugent is the new president of the Public Services People Managers' Association (PPMA). Here, she puts forward the key areas in the public sector she feels the new Government should focus on.
The Court of Appeal has held that, where the reason or principal reason for a dismissal is because the employee made a disclosure, the question of whether or not that disclosure is protected falls to be determined objectively by the tribunal, and not the employer.
An employment tribunal has held that ambulance workers' non-guaranteed overtime in respect of "shift overruns" should be included in the calculation of their holiday pay, but that on the facts of this case purely voluntary overtime does not have to be included.
The NHS Pay Review Body and the Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration have made recommendations on pay increases that follow public-sector pay policy, but they both questioned the sustainability of ongoing pay restraint in the NHS.
Updated to include a best practice guide for consultant job planning issued by NHS Improvement.
The Court of Appeal has held that the employment tribunal incorrectly struck out the appellant's claim against Health Education England (HEE). The Court remitted the claim to a fresh tribunal to decide, as a preliminary issue, if the appellant was a worker in relation to HEE under the whistleblowing provisions of the Employment Rights Act 1996.
Updated to include a reference to R (on the application of P and others) v Secretary of State for Justice and others, in which the Court of Appeal considered the filtering process for DBS checks.
Updated to reflect that the Public Sector Apprenticeship Targets Regulations 2017 are in force from 31 March 2017 and introduce the new duty for public authorities with effect from 1 April 2017.
Updated to include information on the annual requirement to report on disclosures for prescribed bodies.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to employers in the health sectors in England and Wales and Scotland.