‘No pay’ for health workers sacked in mandatory jab schemes

An official document shows unaffiliated health workers in England are being sacked without pay.

By April 1st, Roentline employees must be twice fully vaccinated against COVID-19 – meaning they must have their first vaccination on February 3.

Healthcare employers have been told that from the next day – February 4 – unemployed workers should be invited to a meeting and said the possible result could be dismissal.

While organizations are encouraged to detect reemployment, the general principles that apply in a redundancy practice do not apply here, and it is important that managers be aware of it.Guidance for employers in healthcare in England

The guidance, published Friday and reported by the Health Services Journal (HSJ), is for the implementation of Vaccination as a State of Immunization (VCOD).

The 24-page document says: “It is important to note that this is not a redundant exercise. In terms of regulations, there is no reduction or abolition of any particular type of work.

“Employers will not be concerned with finding ‘suitable alternative employment’ and there will be no redundancy entitlements, including payments, whether statutory or contractual, triggered by this process.

“The re-employment or dismissal of workers is determined by the introduction of rules and the decision to vaccinate a person without.

“While organizations are encouraged to detect reemployment, the general principles that apply in a redundancy exercise do not apply here, and it is important that managers be aware of it.”

Vaccination is our best defense against COVID-19Department of Health and Social Care

The guidance states that employers should work closely with their trade union or staff side representatives as formal measures are being taken “with respect to possible dismissal and re-employment procedures of employees due to VCOD”.

The document states that there should be alternatives potentially available to a non-vaccinated staff member—such as any possible adjustments to their current role, restrictions on duties, or opportunities for redeployment.

It adds: “With effect from 4 February 2022, employees who remain without vaccination (except for those who are exempt) should be invited to a formal meeting, chaired by an appropriate manager, informing them that the meeting’s potential The result can be dismissal. Meetings can be held in person or virtually.”

The document called for an “immediate delay” by leading midwives to plan mandatory COVID-19 jabs for frontline health workers.

The Royal College of Midwives said the policy could have a significant impact on maternity services, arguing this week that current staff absenteeism is at their highest level since the pandemic began.

The college said there are “chronic mindless” issues in the sector, with an estimated shortage of about 2,000 midwives, adding that the policy would lead to a further drop in staffing levels.

NHS National Medical Director Professor Stephen Powis said: “The NHS has always been clear that life-saving Covid vaccination is the best protection against the virus, and while this is currently the vaccination recommendation for health and care workers, it will soon be becomes a legal requirement.

“The overwhelming majority of staff in NHS organisations, nine in ten, have already had their second job, and NHS employers will continue to support and encourage staff who have not yet been vaccinated to offer the first and second doses It’s gone. April 1, when the rules come into force.”

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said health and social care workers are “responsible for caring for some of society’s most vulnerable, many of whom are likely to suffer serious health consequences if exposed to the virus”.

The spokesman said: “It’s about patient safety, and making sure people in hospital or care get as much protection as possible. Vaccination is our best defense against COVID-19. ,