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Do former NHS staff keep job benefits?

QA former health authority staff member now working for me says she is still entitled to all the benefits she previously had. Is this correct?

AIt depends on exactly what the details of the new contract of employment may be. Most practice staff are paid at a level equivalent to some comparable NHS pay scale, and they are eligible to join the NHS superannuation scheme, but this does not imply that all the other terms of their contracts of employment are the same.

Employment contracts for staff in the NHS can be complex, and Whitely Council agreements are every bit as convoluted as the Red Book.

Staff moving from direct employment by the NHS to being employed by a GP will not be automatically entitled to identical or even similar contractual terms of employment ­ unless that condition was one agreed in the new contract of employment.

Given the complexity of NHS employment contracts it would be unwise of a GP to offer former NHS staff an equivalent contract unless they are very sure they know what they are letting themselves in for.

Steve Ainsworth is a management consultant specialising in the NHS and general practice, and is a former FHSA director

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