The Government’s new Improving Working Lives standard could be undermined by the lack of credibility that HR staff in the NHS have in certain regions, claimed a senior nurse at the Improving Working Lives Conference in Birmingham.
Jo O’Connor, Royal College of Nursing’s regional officer for the north-west, said, “Some of the people who are now supposed to be Improving Working lives are those who lowered standards of pay and conditions under the previous government.
“This could cause major problems at regional levels when it comes to implementing the standard.”
The Government aims to use the standard to encourage NHS trusts to adopt flexible working practices to attract more nurses into the profession.
By Richard Staines