More workers from Northampton General Hospital left 'devastated' following Christmas pay packet cut

Up to 40 staff members at Northampton General Hospital have taken a considerable cut back to their wages following what could have been a management error.

Friday, 23rd December 2016, 12:20 pm
Updated Thursday, 29th December 2016, 3:12 pm
More workers from Northampton General Hospital left devastated following Christmas pay packet shortage

It is understood that some workers will be without around as much as £650 this festive season and some say they might even struggle to pay their bills.

One staff member, who came forward after the Chron's article on Thursday, claims that one department has been underpaid across the board.

She said: “About 30 - 40 people have lost all enhancements and overtime resulting in hundreds of pounds of underpayment. We have been told we have to wait until next pay day to get the money we're owed, it's devastating.”

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

“It’s few hundred pounds, but some have lost over six hundred, and there are a number of couples within the department who have both lost hundreds each we're all living on bare minimum over Christmas with only enough to cover bills some don't even have that and have to wait to get it until next payday at end of January."

The Chron understands that this issue is an isolated case where the procedure might not have been followed correctly by both the line manager and employee.

As a result, some staff member did not have their November monthly enhancements officially signed off.

She added: “We are by no means on high salaries anyway so we all rely on our enhancements heavily it's slim pickings this Christmas for all of us.

“I'm not sure but I don't think there is anyone that has been underpaid that has lost less than £200, which given our low salaries is quite a chunk of our wages."

A spokeswoman for Northampton General Hospital said: “Our payroll system is dependent on all employees being diligent about submitting information in a timely manner about enhanced payment requirements. Obviously, there has to be a cut-off point every month to allow payments to be processed.

"We’ve worked very closely with departments and wards this year to make sure they embed the correct practice and that’s been quite successful so it’s disappointing to hear of isolated cases where the procedures haven’t been followed correctly. We’ll issue a reminder to staff about the need to submit information in a timely manner.”