No sick pay for celeb nurses?


The Priory is almost a second home for some celebrities, who are happy to pay plenty of money for only the best in rehab care. We certainly expect the occasional drama or another involving patient histrionics, so it comes as some surprise to hear that it’s the nurses who are kicking up a fuss this time.

Nursing unions are now on board to fight for nurses’ rights as it was revealed that Priory bosses have elected to make cuts to nurses’ sick pay.


Nurses are said to be angry and upset over the changes to their rights, which serve as little acknowledgement of the challenging work they undertake day after day.

It costs around GBP4,000 a week to keep an NHS patient at the Priory or one of its sister establishments which are located across the country. So why the need to cut nurses’ benefits?

According to Philip Scott, Chief Executive of the Priory Group, staff sickness is rife and the cost of absenteeism is no longer sustainable, particularly considering the group’s GBP66m loss last year.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is furious at the Priory’s decision to cut sick pay, which it says is illegal. If the Priory does go ahead on 1st September and make any unlawful salary deductions, then the RCN has promised to respond with legal action.

There is a widespread belief that reducing nurses’ sick pay will only make motivation and morale matters worse, and will not in fact solve the problem of staff absences.

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Richard Reid is the founder of Pinnacle Proactive, Specialising in theEmployee Assistance ProgramStress ManagementStaff Retention & Absenteeism. Take a Proactive Approach to Growing Your Organisation & its People. For more info visit



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