Royal day pay is a sore issue

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HEALTH bosses have come in for criticism for refusing to pay staff bank holiday rates during the Royal Wedding bank holiday.

The Royal College of Nursing’s northern region director Glenn Turp has hit out at a number of NHS trusts, including County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust (CDDFT).

His comments were made at the union’s annual congress in Liverpool for failing to pay their nurses bank holiday rates.

The CDDFT has said its staff will be able to take a day’s holiday later in the year if they work a shift during the break.

Mr Turp said: “It is staggering that these Scrooge trusts are paying their nurses regular rates of pay, while the rest of the country is enjoying a bank holiday and celebrating the marriage of HRH Prince William to Catherine Middleton.”

Bob Haslam, associate director of workforce at CDDFT, said: “All Trust staff will have an additional day’s holiday this year to recognise the Royal Wedding, and service provision on April 29 will reduce to public holiday levels.”