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Hospitals give staff £100 bonuses


17 December, 2007  

Three hospitals are to reward their workers with £100 bonuses after they ran up a £5m surplus during the year.

Around 7,000 staff at Gloucestershire Royal, Cheltenham General, and Delancey hospitals will benefit from the move.

The remaining money will be used to replace ageing medical equipment and improve the environment in wards.

Managers intend to invest in a state-of-the-art high-definition CT scanner at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital worth £600,000.

Paul Lilley, chief executive of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and chairwoman Dame Janet Trotter notified staff of the good news in a memo.

Mr Lilley said the award is in recognition of “exceptionally strong performance” over the last few months.

Figures from the Health Protection Agency show infection rates for MRSA and Clostridium difficile have been cut by a third, and services were also maintained safely during the summer floods.

Staff governor Nick Adams, said: “This will do wonders to improve morale. It shows that staff are noticed and will lift souls on these dark winter days.”

A British Medical Association (BMA) spokesman added: “It is positive that trusts are recognising the hard work of their staff and are rewarding them.

“This will lead to increased morale that will indirectly benefit patients.”

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 (Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust