Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Call to end 'draconian' ban on cig breaks for hospital staff

The Evening Times reported yesterday on UNISON complaints over the way NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is implementing new anti-smoking policy.

UNISON Scotland Regional Organiser Matt McLaughlin, lead organiser for nursing, warned health officials against taking a heavy handed approach.

Caroline Wilson's report says:

"HEALTH chiefs in Glasgow have been urged to abandon a "draconian and heavy-handed" policy which bans staff smoking on tea breaks.

"Unison has written to NHS Glasgow and Clyde Chief Executive, Robert Calderwood, after staff were warned last week they will be disciplined for lighting up on paid tea breaks - even if they go off site.

"The Glasgow branch of Unison has asked that the policy is abandoned pending further discussion and has called a meeting with NHS unions this week..."

Read the full report on the Evening Times website.

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