100 staff can’t work past 65 says hospital

Geoff Rogers (left) and Anthony Batty outside Doncaster Royal Infirmary.
Geoff Rogers (left) and Anthony Batty outside Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

HOSPITAL bosses have dumped staff aged over 65 just days before laws protecting their jobs came into force.

Unions say 100 staff at the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals Foundation Trust have received letters saying they had to leave their posts after reaching the traditional retirement age.

The move has left staff furious, with appeal hearings due this week.

Geoff Rogers, from Hyde Park, a hospital porter, said: “I’ve been told they are finishing with me next April. Many of us don’t want to retire.

“All the people who are coming up to 65 in the future will be able to stay because of the new laws. I’ve been here seven years, but there are people who have been here a lot longer than that who are affected.

“I’m angry and it feels like a kick in the teeth. I’m fit and healthy and I enjoy my job.”

He and colleague Anthony Batty are among those set to have to leave.

Angry unions claim the move has been poorly managed and could lead to some departments being seriously short staffed.

Rianne Johnson of Unison, said: “They are acting within the law, but we don’t feel what they are doing is right.

“They have just taken a blanket approach, with no room for planning.”

“This is a knee-jerk reaction which I think they have done to save money and shed staff.”

The trust, which also runs Mexborough Montagu and Tickhill Road hospitals, is having to save £16 million.

A spokesman said it was continuing its “normal practice” or reviewing the posts of those 65 and over.

She added staff were able to request to stay on and if their role was “critical” the worker may be able to stay on.