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Unvaccinated NHS staff made redundant on April 1 will not receive any discharge payments

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Unvaccinated NHS staff who are set to lose their jobs on April 1 will be made redundant without exit payment, according to an official document. Frontline workers must be fully vaccinated with two doses against Covid-19 by the April 1 deadline or they will lose their jobs. This means that they will have to fire their first shot before February 3.

Health sector employers have said that after the initial deadline for the first strike, workers should be called into meetings to discuss their status. The document states that they must be informed that the potential result could be dismissal. It also indicates that meetings can be held in person or virtually.

The guidance published yesterday relates to the implementation of Vaccination as a condition of deployment (VCD). The 24-page document says, “It is important to note that this is not an exercise in redundancy. Within the framework of the regulations, there is no reduction or stoppage of work of any particular kind, reports the Metro.

He continues: “Employers will not concern themselves with finding ‘other suitable employment’ and there will be no dismissal rights, including payments, whether statutory or contractual, triggered by this process.

“The redeployment or layoff of workers is determined by the introduction of regulations and an individual’s decision to remain unvaccinated. While organizations are encouraged to explore redeployment, the general principles that apply in a redeployment exercise are not applicable here, and it is important that managers are aware of this.

This essentially eliminates the need for the employer to treat the dismissal of unvaccinated NHS staff as dismissal, meaning they are not entitled to compensation and their role can be immediately fulfilled, among other decisions. The guidelines say employers should engage and work collaboratively with their union or staff representatives, on formal action taken “in relation to redeployment processes and potential dismissals of staff due to VCOD”.

The document comes after leading midwives called for an ‘immediate delay’ to mandatory Covid-19 shot plans for frontline health workers. The Royal College of Midwives has reported a “chronic understaffing” with an estimated shortfall of around 2,000 midwives and they fear the policy could drive levels down further.

There have been many protests over the mandatory shot for unvaccinated NHS workers, along with many doctors speaking out against the need for shots for all, including this now well-known case at King’s College Hospital in London.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social Care said workers in the sector are “responsible for looking after some of the most vulnerable people in society, many of whom are more likely to suffer serious health consequences. health if they are exposed to the virus”.

The spokesperson added: “This is about patient safety and making sure people in hospital or in care have as much protection as possible. Vaccinations remain our best defense against Covid.


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Gérard Truchon

An experienced journalist in internal and global political affairs, she tackles political issues from all sides

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