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NHS staff furloughed?

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Seapink2 Wed 15-Apr-20 15:50:18

Can NHS staff be furloughed? Has anyone done this?

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Seapink2 Wed 15-Apr-20 15:50:42

Or requested it and had an answer either way?

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Floatyboat Wed 15-Apr-20 15:51:55

As far as I'm aware no. It's not a thing. You either work as normal, work from home or work somewhere else. Why do you ask?

CaryStoppins Wed 15-Apr-20 15:52:12

I'd imagine NHS staff will be redeployed rather than furloughed if a particular service is closed.

SkelingtonArgument Wed 15-Apr-20 15:53:20

Furlough shouldn’t apply to public sector workers. And surely the NHS has plenty of work to be done?

nether Wed 15-Apr-20 15:55:52

Round here, people are redeployed to cover sickness absences. Not a chance of a furlough. It's work, WFM (some admin staff, some clinical services which have had a substantial move to telephone consultation) or sick leave (if isolation required)

Rover83 Wed 15-Apr-20 15:56:16

I dont think you can be furloughed, lots of departments in our hospital are working from home though

EdithWeston Wed 15-Apr-20 16:00:08

Furlough is used to avoid staff being laid off.

I can't think of anywhere in NHS that is contemplating a reduction in head count.

Tattiebee Wed 15-Apr-20 16:01:38

No. But perhaps if your role is not considered essential you would be granted unpaid leave, have you spoken to HR? But no way would you get furlough.

PrivateD00r Wed 15-Apr-20 16:01:52

It might be worth asking if you have good reason, but I really cannot see why it would happen. We have a few staff having to work from home in my team due to health issues, they are sorting out referrals, 'manning' a new helpline that we have set up, pulling our telephone messages and responding to them if possible or passing them to us if they can't, responding to complaints etc, plenty of admin jobs can be done off site.

There is plenty of work to be done.

Furloughing is really more about protecting businesses and the economy - reducing unemployment and therefore UC claims etc.

It isn't really for public sector staff who can be redeployed, we have AHPs who are now cleaners or HCA's. Council staff have been redeployed to death registrations and the crematorium. Civil servants have been redeployed to assist with UC claims etc etc.

I don't know what is happening with staff who are struggling with childcare, is that your concern? Perhaps some of these other posts might offer more flexibility with shift times.

TinnedPearsForPudding Wed 15-Apr-20 16:03:09

Publicly funded employees cannot be furloughed as I understand. Because the "Govt" already pays your wages so no advantage to your employer applying to the Govt to fund your (furloughed) wages

gingajewel Wed 15-Apr-20 16:05:14

@TinnedPearsForPudding yep this is spot on, as your role is already government funded they won’t pay out twice, so in effect you can’t be furloughed.

Seapink2 Wed 15-Apr-20 16:18:47

Thanks for the responses and explainations, all makes sense.

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Waxonwaxoff0 Wed 15-Apr-20 16:19:55

No. My mum is NHS, she usually works in clinical trials but these are suspended at the moment so she's been moved onto the wards.

Imapotato Wed 15-Apr-20 16:22:48

People are being redeployed in our trust rather than furloughed. There’s plenty of work to be done if your normal area of expertise temporarily cancelled eg elective surgery.

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