Weighting incentive for NHS staff

The
high cost of living in Edinburgh has led the local hospital trust to campaign
for a "weighting" scheme in a bid to attract staff. The proposal is
included in a paper the Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust has produced to
tackle the severe skills shortages the trust has faced in recent months.
Unemployment is just above 2 per cent in Edinburgh and living costs have
soared.

Alan
Penman, acting director of HR with the trust, explained, "We are looking
at weighting as one of a number of potential options in helping to appoint staff.

"We also feel that, while the return of the nurses’
home may not be planned, there is increasing pressure to assist staff with
living accommodation in Edinburgh where housing costs have risen substantially
in recent years."

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