35 NHS trusts on red alert over Agenda for Change switch

Dozens of NHS trusts in England are at risk of missing the end-of-year deadline for switching staff to the Agenda for Change pay system.

A total of 35 trusts have been put on ‘red alert’ because just 65% of their staff have been assimilated, reports Nursing Times.

The trusts were among the 58 that failed to meet the government’s original September target for 100%. They were then given until 31 December to complete the switch.

Public sector union Unison said it believed that some delays could be attempts to save money.

“There has been an underlying suspicion that some trusts have thought by delaying they could somehow relieve their financial difficulties, but this delay will make matters worse,” said Mike Jackson, Unison senior national officer.

The Department of Health has previously insisted that all trusts were on target to meet the end-of-year deadline.

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