Unite names and shame NHS Trusts refusing Bank Holiday pay

Unite has named and shamed 115 NHS trusts and PCTs refusing staff a  bank holiday pay for working on the day of the Royal Wedding  on 29th  April.

NHS trusts in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are all paying staff the correct bank holiday rates according to the NHS national agreement (‘Agenda For Change’) but a significant number of NHS trusts in England are stubbornly refusing to recognise the special occasion and to support the spirit of the government’s decision to give staff an extra bank holiday.

In some cases part-time workers are being hit particularly badly where they are only receiving time off in lieu on a pro-rata basis instead of premium time.

Unite national officer for health, Rachael Maskell, said: “NHS staff will be saving lives, looking after the sick and prepared for emergencies while most of Britain will be taking a well earned break or celebrating the Royal Wedding. Despite the dedication and the huge pressure on NHS staff, a significant number of NHS trusts are stubbornly refusing to pay bank holiday rates for working during the royal wedding.

“The government has given the country an extra bank holiday to mark the Royal Wedding but NHS trust chief executives on six figure salaries are refusing to recognise the spirit of the occasion. These trusts still have time to do the right thing and recognise the valuable contribution NHS staff make to this country.”

Under the national agreement for the NHS called Agenda for Change, staff working during a bank holiday are entitled to an enhancement in their pay ranging from double time to time plus 60 per cent. Trusts across Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are paying the bank holiday rates on the day of the Royal Wedding. However, a significant number of trusts across England are refusing to pay the bank holiday enhancement for the event. Agenda for Change stipulates staff get eight bank holidays. The Royal Wedding is an extra bank holiday announced by the government, which British workers should be entitled to, but some trusts are using the national agreement to break the spirit of the government’s decision to give workers an extra bank holiday.

Aside from the costly reorganistion of the NHS being pushed through with he Health and Social Care Bill, set to cost at least £4 billion, the government is also demanding the NHS makes £20 billion in cuts over the next four years.

Check to see if your NHS Trust or PCT is among them

The list of trusts and PCTs has been compiled on the basis of a survey of Unite union representatives conducted over recent weeks. The list reflects information received by the union so far, up until Friday, April 8th, so it may not be the full list of the Trusts and PCTs refusing to pay bank holiday rates.

Trusts and PCTS not paying bank holiday rates for the Royal Wedding includes:


Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

Barts and the London NHS Trust

Ealing Hospital NHS Trust

Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust

Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust

Universtiy College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Whips Cross University Hospital NHS Trust

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

South East

Ashford & St Peters NHS Foundation Trust

East Kent Hospitals Universtiy NHS Foundation Trust

Heatherwood & Wexham Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Kent Community Health NHS Trust

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Healthcare NHS Trust

Surrey & Sussex NHS Trust

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

West London Mental Health NHS Trust (Broadmoor Hospital)

Winchester and Eastligh Healthcare NHS Trust

South West

West Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Somerset

NHS Devon

Plymouth Hospital NHS Trust

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

South Devon Healthcare Foundation Trust

Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Torbay Care Trust

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust


Cambridge University Hospitals Trust

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

The Luton & Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

North West

5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Central Lancashire PCT

Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust

Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology NHS Foundation Trust

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

Lancashire Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Mid Chesire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

NHS Blackpool

NHS Cumbria

NHS Wirral

North Lancashire PCT

Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

St Helens & Knowsley NHS Trust

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust

University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

Yorkshire and Humberside

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

Bradford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Kirklees Community Healthcare Services,

NHS Kirklees

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Rotherham Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Scarborough & North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

North East

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

Darlington Memorial Hospital NHS Trust

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

East Midlands

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Derbyshire community Health Services NHS Trust

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Leicester Partnership NHS Trust

Leicestershire County and Rutland PCT

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Northhamptonshire Provider Services

NHS Nottingham

City North

East Lincolnshire Care Trust Plus

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Sherwood Forest Hosptials NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust


West Midlands

The Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust

Heart of England Foundation Trust

Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust

North Staffordshire PCT

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust

Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital NHS Trust

South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust

University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire. NHS Trust

Wolverhampton City NHS PCT

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