Dear Western Health and Social Care Trust (Northern Ireland),

It is my understanding that agency workers are, by law, to be paid the same as WHSCT staff after 12 weeks.

It is my understanding that pay rates for a night shift for at least five NI care agencies are split into different time period rates.

From 20.00 to 00.00, 00.00 to 06.00 and from 06.00 to 08.00.

The following was taken from page 29 of the NHS Employee handbook relating to Northern Ireland and Scotland.

2.11 (With) "a continuous night shift ... the enhancements in column 2 should be applied to the *whole shift* if more than half of the time falls between 8 pm and 6 am. "

2.12 Staff will only receive *one rate of unsocial hours* payment for each hour worked.

Please outline the following;

1) Are WHSCT Health Care Assistants paid a consistent 'one rate only' rate between the hours of 20.00 and 08.00? (And if so, why are agency staff paid differently ie less?)

2) Why is the variant hours of pay which currently exists (and has long existed) in payment of an agency workers' night shift at odds with what is stated in the NHS Employee handbook?

Yours faithfully,

Joan Corrigan

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Dear FOI Request,
I look forward to a response within the 20 day time limit framework, I think this Friday 1 November.
If a delay will occur please advise.

Yours sincerely,

Joan Corrigan

FOI Request, Western Health and Social Care Trust (Northern Ireland)

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Western Health and Social Care Trust

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Dear FOI Request,

I do not accept your answer.

You have made statements relating to the topic I wrote about but you have not answered either of my questions and especially in number one it seems you are saying agency workers are not being paid the same as WHSCT staff for night rates.
Please answer the questions put to you directly and do not skirt around yes/ no answers.
(I am requesting an internal review)

Yours sincerely,

Joan Corrigan

Dear FOI Request,

On 31 October I requested an internal review.

Please acknowledge receipt of this request.

Yours sincerely,

Joan Corrigan

FOI Request, Western Health and Social Care Trust (Northern Ireland)

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Dear Ms Corrigan

We acknowledge receipt of your email below and request for a review of the Trust's Freedom of Information response (our ref. FOI/19/341). This will be treated under the Trust's Internal Review procedures and has been forwarded to the relevant Director to nominate appropriate staff to carry out this review. We will be in contact as soon as possible with the outcome of this FOI Internal Review.

We would ask that our reference number is quoted in any future communications about this request.

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Freedom of Information Office
Western Health & Social Care Trust
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Dear Ms Corrigan

We refer to your email below dated 31 October and your request for an internal review of the Trust FOI response (our ref. FOI/19/341).

We can advise that the internal review process is complete and we now provide the attached Trust response.

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Freedom of Information office
Western Health and Social Care Trust

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Dear Dr Kilgallen.
I found your answer unhelpful & troubling.
I'll be seeking legal advice to try to understand the matter fully.

Kind regards,

Joan Corrigan