Any NHS people out there not returned to work after mat and not paid back omp?

(20 Posts)
BouncyBabe98 Wed 04-Sep-13 10:57:59

Title pretty much says it all. I have checked the handbook and the only thing I've found is that you might be able to get out of it if you have financial hardship or if paying back would cause considerable distress.

Has anyone else successfully fought against paying NHS omp back?

I might have to move and covet costs of moving for my husbands job so I have that to go on I guess

chanie44 Thu 05-Sep-13 06:52:06

I don't work in the NHS but I am in another public sector organisation. We have only waved the repayment in extreme circumstances eg redundancy and one case when the woman has a severely disabled child so had to stop working.

They were the exceptions rather than the rule. There is no harm in asking, but if I were making the decision, I probably would reject your request as your circumstances aren't exceptional .

VegasIsBest Thu 05-Sep-13 06:55:25

Why would you want to keep money paid by a public sector organisation, to which you are not entitled? How can that possibly be right?

SPBisResisting Thu 05-Sep-13 06:59:48

Can you literally not go back? In that case can you arrange to repay the money in instalments?

mynameisnotmichaelcaine Thu 05-Sep-13 07:02:48

Agree with Vegas. If having vague reasons for not paying it back meant you didn't have to, do you think anyone would?

I am a teacher and have requested not to have omp paid until I go back, just in case I don't want to when push comes to shove.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 05-Sep-13 07:03:58

Why on earth should you be allowed to keep it?

You have a moral, if not legal, obligation to pay back the money. You got enhanced maternity pay, paid for out the public purse, and you want to find a way to avoid paying it back? Nice.

BouncyBabe98 Sat 07-Sep-13 07:35:38

Thanks guys...

Delayingtactic Sat 07-Sep-13 07:38:38

I work in the nhs and no have never heard about anyone or paying it back. Actually one nurse didn't but her child was severely disabled and they waived it.

Delayingtactic Sat 07-Sep-13 07:39:07

Anyone not paying it back

chocoholic05 Sat 07-Sep-13 07:42:37

I used to work in the public sector they waived it for me after I made it clear i was only returning for the minimum amount of time and that was purely to avoid paying it back

SPBisResisting Sat 07-Sep-13 07:57:12

That was nice of them choc but I do wonder why they did that

Ledkr Sat 07-Sep-13 08:08:17

Not sure why its relevant to keep saying public sector.
So would it be ok to do this to a private employer then?
It's a cheek either way op. you got that money to retain you in a job you now don't want. Suck it up.

SPBisResisting Sat 07-Sep-13 08:15:28

well if it's a private employer it's not taking money away from services to the public. I agree though it would not be OK, but if the private employer agrees, well that only affects them.

lyndie Sat 07-Sep-13 09:58:31

Be nice people, OP is presumably post partum, contemplating a house move with a small dc and maybe stressed about the situation? The OP was entitled to her OMP as a result of her service to the NHS as one of the benefits she earned. That said, it is unusual to have it waived so I think it's likely she would have to return for the minimum time period. It isn't uncommon to see this, she is likely to return to the nhs in the future and continue working and contributing to healthcare?

Bugaboom Sat 07-Sep-13 19:06:07

I have heard of someone within the nhs not paying back but that was because of staffing restructure. So it was in their interests for her not to pay her omp back rather than making her redundant which would have entitled her to more. You have got your accrued annual leave and bamk holidays so you may not have to go back for as long as you thought. Also if you find another nhs job to go straight into, you don't pay back omp.

Helenagrace Sun 08-Sep-13 10:04:06

I transferred to the nurse bank and then just never did any shifts. I was in the same position as you as we had to move for DH's job when DC1 was 15 weeks old. I couldn't have gone back. I applied for the nurse bank where we moved to. I was never asked to repay OMP.

Do you have a staff bank?

Helenagrace Sun 08-Sep-13 10:06:36

Just to clarify I didn't do any shifts as there weren't any suitable. I did eventually go back to a job in the NHS.

Twicethehugs Sun 22-Sep-13 16:12:29

I have a friend who worked for NHS but didn't return. It took a while to sort out paying the money back and then it was in instalments so if you don't go back don't worry that you'll have to pay it all back at once.

I managed to get it waived for one of my staff but her baby had died and they were struggling to cover the funeral costs. sad
I relocated 300 miles away but took a temporary post at 12 hours a week for 3 months in a nearby town to meet the requirements
You will be able to pay it back in instalments.

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