I wonder what would happen if run the British armed forces in this manner.
The Armed Forces do
have a system of pay banding (of course). But the difference is that it's applied across the board, not in an haphazard fashion at local level. Also, in the Forces, you don't get promoted unless (and until) you're qualified. You can (and do) get demoted
too! To be honest, this whole AfC episode (or should that be saga
seeing that it's dragged on for so long) is indicative of the mind-set that seems to prevail in many of the "human resources" redoubts
scattered around within the NHS. In a word, inept
. No need to look it up ... it means bungling or clumsy; incompetent.
Solution:- abandon ridiculous concepts about comparing technicians with nurses (or whatever) and have a centralised (structured) system of technician grades (see my earlier comment about a training school that all should attend)! I would have extra pay for being on call, travelling on the job, and a few things like that. There may
need to be a few other "variables", such as a London (that is "cost of living") allowance, and possibly an incentive payment to attract people to "unattractive" locations. But these would be a very short list, and be published nationally (so that everybody knows about them). If the NHS wants a new pay grading system drawn up for biomeds, I guess I could have it done in time for Tuesday morning (seeing that it's yet another "Bank Holiday" Monday coming up)!
. Yes, this is one of my major crusades. Every convert is welcomed with open arms (better make that open collar)!
Yes, Neil. Like me, I can't see you fitting in very well with the NHS ethos
. Old-fashioned grafters
like us are not particularly welcome by "box ticking Brigade", believe me.Note: here's the seed of another crusade ... let's get rid of that "Bank Holiday" terminology. Call them "Heroes Day", "Nurses' Day", "Tax Payers' Day", "Citizens' Day" ... or whatever! Anything but "Banks" (which have become somewhat discredited of late ... and deservedly so, in my opinion). How about simply "Public Holidays"?