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NHS Scotland on-call proposals – low turnout produces inconclusive consultative ballot result

13 August, 2012
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The formal consultative ballot on proposals to replace the on-call section of the Terms and Conditions Handbook in NHS Scotland closed at noon on 10 August.

Votes were received from 319 out of a total of 2171 members in Scotland – a turnout of 14.7%.

• 147 members (46%) voted to accept the proposals

• 172 members (54%) voted to reject the proposals

All of the trade unions who took part in the negotiations and have been consulting their members are scheduled to meet on 24 August to share their results. The collective response will be conveyed at a meeting with the employers on 31 August.

Given the low turnout and the fact that only 8% of members in Scotland voted to reject the proposals, the SoR result is inconclusive.

National Officer Elizabeth Stow will, therefore, report to the NHS Staff Side meeting on 24 August that, having conducted a consultative ballot, the SoR has no mandate to reject the offer.

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