Forth Valley Royal Hospital staff looked after in tents of care

At a time when English NHS staff are reeling from their one per cent pay rise bosses at Forth Valley Royal Hospital are looking after their employees with outdoor tents where they can enjoy their breaks.

By James Trimble
Saturday, 6th March 2021, 10:11 am

A number of people initially thought the tents outside the Larbert hospital were COVID-19 testing facilities.

An NHS Forth Valley spokesperson said: “A number of additional staff facility areas have been created inside and outside Forth Valley Royal Hospital to help staff maintain physical distancing during break times.

“These include a seating area in a coffee shop which is currently closed, partitioned areas off the main atrium and two marquees equipped with heating and lighting which staff can use during their breaks.

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Marquees have been installed outside Forth Valley Royal Hospital so staff can enjoy their breaks in a safe ans socially distant way

"In addition, the restaurant hours have been extended so breaks can be staggered throughout the day and a greater range of take away food and lunches are also available.”

As FVRH staff take advantage of their new break facilities, the UK Government has been urged to reconsider its planned 1 per cent pay rise for NHS workers in England.

A number of unions and organisations, including the British Medical Association, said their members deserved a fair pay deal for the extraordinary work they have done in the last year.

Scottish health secretary Jeane Freeman recently announced negotiations for Scottish NHS staff’s 2021/22 pay deal would be delayed until the summer, due to disruptions related to COVID-19.

She then stated she was awarding Agenda for Change staff in the Scottish NHS with an interim one per cent pay rise, which would be backdated to December 2020 and count towards the full 2021/22 settlement once it was agreed.