Jobs are safe, but where next for Ashludie staff?

ALTHOUGH it has already been confirmed that jobs at a Monifieth hospital are safe, concerns linger over the precise details.

The remaining staff at Ashludie Hospital are still waiting to hear where their jobs will take them next as the final transition date looms at the end of August.

Speaking at the end of July, NHS Tayside head of site and support services, Mark Scholes, confirmed that jobs would be affected, but not lost.

He said: “Next month’s scheduled transfer of patients from Ashludie to the refurbished Ward Six at Royal Victoria Hospital will have an impact on a small number of support services staff.

“There will, however, be no job losses and we are currently in discussion with the staff affected, working with them to look at their options and identify job opportunities within Dundee and South Angus.”

Earlier this week one NHS worker voiced concerns for the careers of those staff still to transfer to either Royal Victoria or Ninewells Hospital.

The anonymous source stated: “Nobody knows who is going to Royal Victoria and who is going to be displaced. They won’t tell staff until it’s time to go. People are worried because they are not being told anything.

“NHS Tayside has a ‘no redundancy’ policy, so the staff will be guaranteed something. Not all of the staff are going to Royal Victoria because there aren’t enough jobs there, so some will be displaced.

“They might end up in Ninewells, which they don’t really want. It’s just the uncertainty. A lot of the staff live locally and they just want to know what’s happening.”

Public service trade union UNISON is working on behalf of the remaining Ashludie staff to help minimise disruption.

A spokesperson from UNISON said: “UNISON is currently in discussion with both members and management to ensure a smooth transition for both patients and staff.

“There will be no redundancies as a result of the move and UNISON will continue to keep members informed during the transition period.”

NHS Tayside chief operating officer Lesley McLay explained the main aim of the transfer is to maintain a high level of patient care, and that would take into account the impact on existing jobs.

She said: “Plans have been developed for the 13 patients who are currently being cared for in Wards One and Three at Ashludie to transfer to Ward Six at Royal Victoria Hospital during August.

“It has been very much a priority for us to provide a more suitable environment for these patients.

“Obviously continuity of care is extremely important and therefore the medical and nursing staff will transfer with their patients and have been aware of these plans since February 2012.

“Patients and relatives are also well aware of these plans and an operational project group is leading the planning process for the transfer.”

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