Comment posted Northern Isles ferry contract sends signals to west coast by HMF.
Serco formed a joint venture, legally a LLP, with the pathology directorate of a large NHS hospital with which I was previously associated.
I was previously a sub-contractor to that NHS unit (providing IT support to a legacy computer system), and all parties wanted me to support the changeover of computer systems, but Serco were very difficult about recognising me and paying my final invoices (ok now).
I know that some staff in the pathology directorate were very unhappy about the details of the TUPE offer which was made to them; several senior staff left to go elsewhere, and I understand that many staff availed themselves of an opportunity to retain – in full – NHS terms of employment. (Of course, the latter opportunity couldn’t apply to any new employees, who would simply be employed by the LLP and not by the NHS.)
I am sure it is not Serco’s policy to strip terms and conditions. But that sometimes can be the perception, at the working level.
Recent comments by HMF
- SSE’s record breaking efforts for Kintyre and Arran
I congratulate SSE on their recovery from this unusual event.
- Reports of SSE giving out false information on Campbeltown ‘reconnection’
Also, most (not all) wind turbine generators require an existing 50Hz AC system to feed into, to make the inverters (from DC to AC) operate correctly. There are newer devices becoming available, which can invert from DC to AC without an existing system, but I understand they are not widely used yet.
- FSB warns of new regulatory PAYE burden on small businesses from April
Quote, “employers will have to … send details … at the time they pay (the employee)”.
So, when the employer’s broadband connection is down, choice of two actions: don’t tell HMRC at the time (and break this law), or don’t pay the employee until broadband is up again (and break some other law about contract of employment, and also upset the employee).
HMRC, and all of central government (both Westminster and Holyrood), need to remember that internet access is not 100% available and 100% reliable (especially, reliable).
- School closures: Lady Paton’s appeal opinion in favour of Western Isles Council
Ministers are obliged to act on the remitted responsibility, in full; good.
But are Ministers OBLIGED under the Act to accept the responsibility, at all?
In other words, could Ministers in future say “no call-ins at all unless egregious” — which would lead to the situation where Ministers were off the hook, COSLA was pleased, and only the local community was unhappy?
- Inappropriate government response to Audit Scotland report on NHS waiting times management
I am sure Lothian were not “flying solo”. I know of a case (in a different Scottish Health Board) where an outpatient was given two conflicting appointments, with different departments at the same hospital at the same date and time. Only one of the appointments could be met; the other was presumably coded as “did not attend” or “socially unavailable” which lets the Health Board off the hook.
On the point of “more trees felled for letters”, one English hospital trust got into a muddle over multiple appointments, so it started to send confirming letters to all outpatients inviting them to confirm, but the patients got two/three/more letters in the same post, all contradicting the other letters, so patients ignored the lot. This didn’t help the patients, and the “did not attend” figures simply became unusable. That’s progress.
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