NDM7138 Plaid Cymru debate - NHS Pay and Conditions

NDM7138 Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Regrets Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s proposals to extend nursing shifts without pay for more than 4,000 nurses and health care support workers.

2. Fears the loss of goodwill among staff who already regularly work through their breaks or are on call on their wards or units.

3. Calls on the Welsh Government to protect frontline workers’ pay and conditions within the NHS by ensuring that this regressive proposal is scrapped.


The following amendments have been tabled:

Amendment 1 - Rebecca Evans (Gower)

Delete all and replace with:

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

Values the NHS workforce and our social partnership working arrangements.

Expects all NHS bodies to work with, engage and consult with staff, their trades unions and other representative bodies on operational changes that impact upon staff.


[If amendment 1 is agreed, amendments 2, 3 and 4 will be de-selected] 

Amendment 2 - Darren Millar (Clwyd West)

Insert as new point 2 and renumber accordingly:

Further regrets that the number of working days lost due to stress and mental health related issues within the health board has increased by 20 per cent since 2014.

Amendment 3 - Darren Millar (Clwyd West)

Delete point 3 and replace with:

Expresses concern that this proposal will be unhelpful to staff morale and will place additional expectations on nurses and health care workers to sacrifice their contractual break periods.

Amendment 4 - Darren Millar (Clwyd West)

In point 3, delete ‘by ensuring’ and replace with:

‘and for the Minister for Health and Social Services to intervene to ensure’


Business type: Debate

Reason considered: Senedd Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 07/06/2021

Decision due: 18 Sep 2019 by Plenary - Fifth Senedd

Lead member: Rhun ap Iorwerth MS