Health board staff ‘to work an extra shift a month’ due to controversial rota changes

The move will save almost half a million pounds through a reduced reliance on agency staff.

Sarah Jane
5 November 2019
Tired nurse

In real terms staff will be working an extra shift each month.

A union has said it is “deeply disappointed” that the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is to push ahead with “draconian” and “wholly unacceptable” changes to staff shift patterns.


The health board claims the changes are designed to standardise shift patterns, break times and handover periods – at present the are over 100 different shift patterns in operation.

Frontline staff will see their shifts extended and an additional half-hour break implemented for no extra pay. In real terms staff claim they will be working an extra shift each month.

The union claims the changes will have an impact on nurses’ work-life balance and childcare arrangements.

The move will save the health board almost half a million pounds through a reduced reliance on agency staff.


‘Wholly unacceptable changes’.

Peter Hughes, Regional Secretary for Unite Wales, said: “Unite is deeply disappointed to learn that BCUHB still intends to implement the draconian and wholly unacceptable changes to our members’ nursing rosters.

“This flies in the face of the overwhelming opposition of both the board’s own employees and the wider public.

“Their actions show that the health board has absolutely no intention of engaging in any meaningful consultation process with Unite over this hugely contentious issue.

“We remain deeply opposed to the roster changes which are a fundamental attack on the terms and conditions of our members.


“Unite will redouble its efforts and pursue every avenue available to us to ensure that BCUHB thinks again and drops these outrageous plans.”

UPDATE (05/11/2019 16:30): The title of the post was updated to better reflect the changes to shift patterns.

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