Who said what: feedback from the AHHRM conference

Alastair Henderson, director, NHS EO

"It’s
too easy to assume that the Working Time Directive is a wicked plot from Brussels."

John Skewes,
director of employment relations, Royal College of Midwives

"Agenda
for Change meant unions learnt a lot about partnership working and building
relationships with employers."

Mark Butler, HR director, Scottish Executive
Health Department

"HR
is the colonic irrigation of the workforce system."

David Bingham, HR director, Northern Ireland
Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

"There
is a recognition that HR
departments can’t do everything. HR shared services will be increasingly common
in the future."

Karen Jennings, head of health, Unison

"We
need to smash through the negative stereotyping of the role of HR and invisible
bureaucrats."

Ken Hutchinson, HR director, Good Hope
Hospital NHS Trust

"How
are the Europeans coping with the Working Time Directive? Guess what – they
just don’t bother."

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