NHS leaders have called on the government to compensate health services as the Queen’s funeral bank holiday means they will have to pay staff who are overworked.
The trusts have suspended all outpatient appointments and planned operations due to low staffing levels, which is bound to impact thousands of patients. The GP surgery will also be closed in the public holiday announced on Monday.
As well as rearranging appointments and processes, leaders have warned that a bank holiday would mean additional staffing costs and that the government should reimburse services “in full”.
In email seen by independentMany trusts have confirmed that employees who are able to work on bank holidays will normally get increased pay rates and days off work. Some people are entitled to double pay or one and a half pay for working on public holidays.
An NHS director warned the cost could exceed Â£1 million for larger NHS trusts, while Martin Green, chief executive of Care UK, which represents care homes, said additional costs for large care home groups Staffing could reach up to Â£1 million.
Dr Layla McKay, policy director at the NHS Confederation, said: “While frontline health and care workers are given different rates of pay for working bank holidays, NHS leaders await confirmation from the government that this additional cost will be covered. Will be compensated. Full.”
A doctor told in response to the bank holiday news independent: “I have the greatest respect for the Queen … but when patients are waiting for 2 years … really?”
Another doctor said: “It’s hard to staff” [theatre] Lists and clinics when schools are closed and many staff have caregiving responsibilities, but, yes, late notice, the hospital took a few days to decide what to do and is clearly not sure what to do on the weekend Why can’t the funeral be done? ,
A Newcastle doctor told independent: “Regarding the overall situation I think it’s a great shame that the funeral is not over the weekend. I would have been very upset if I was waiting for a CT scan, an important outpatient appointment or operation and was told that it has now been cancelled.
âIn my opinion, the precarious situation in the NHS should have been considered and a serious effort should have been made to avoid cancellations.
“Urgent and out-of-hours services will almost certainly be busy and this will lead to longer waits.”
King’s College Hospital announced Monday night it would have to cancel the “vast majority” of non-urgent appointments and operations on Monday, while Nottingham University Hospitals Foundation Trust said all routine outpatient appointments would be put on hold.
Sources at University Hospitals Birmingham said the trust was canceling outpatient appointments but emergency and “critical” services would continue.
In an email to staff, Sandwell and the West Birmingham Hospital Trust (SWBH) said planned immediate cancer operations would go ahead provided staffing levels were “safe”.
All other planned non-urgent primary care, planned procedures and outpatient appointments will be rescheduled, the message said.
Both UHB and SWBH told employees that they would normally get increased rates for working on bank holidays.
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital FT said emergency, urgent and cancer operations would continue, but added: “There is a need to allow as many staff as possible to attend the bank holiday and watch the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.” Less regular service will also be provided. ,
A GP leader in London said practice staff were now getting “abused” when the bank holiday was closed.
He said: “We are running our weekend and bank holiday cover as usual, but it is difficult to get staff because child care is the biggest problem with schools closed.”
Concerns were also expressed by physicians over the impact of public holidays on holiday levels and social care providers operating in “bank holiday mode”.
The Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists has also said that due to the examination of trainee doctors on Monday, it will have to be postponed till January.
In a statement, the RCOG said the venues used for the exams will remain closed on Monday and the cancellation will have a “significant” impact and will be “disruptive” for the doctors.
The Department of Health and Social Care was contacted for comment.
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