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The Datix System PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Pittman   
Sunday, 24 January 2016 12:54

The Datix System

(A conversation between two old chestnuts)



“Did you fill out a Datix when you fell over on that job last night?” asked Fred as he gazed at the clock, counting down the seconds before meal break.

“Of course I did” replied George, “you saw me struggling with the keyboard, and you know I can’t type very fast”.

It never ceased to amaze Fred how George always seemed to make a mountain out of a mole hill. “Did you give them all the info’ that we agreed on?”

“Of course I did” retorted George “ but there are so many falling down options that it leaves very little space for anything else to be added”.

“Drop Down Boxes” said Fred. “Drop down what?” asked George, cranking his neck at his mate while still managing to get the lid of his butty box opened.

“They’re called Drop Down Boxes” replied Fred “and they are meant to make it easier to complete the report, but there is other info’

that you can add further down the list”.

“Why should I want to add further info?” enquired George “after all, you said the form was created to make it easier for us to fill it out”.

Fred could see that this was not going to be an easy-explain so he tried to paint a picture for George. “When we were on that last job, George,

there was only me and thee that could see what we couldn’t see, if you see what I mean”… but George was lost.

“It was only us that can say what the day was like, or rather how dark it was, cos’ there was no street lighting,

it had been raining earlier and then the bitter bind came along with the blooming chill from the north which caused the ice which you slipped over on,

landing in the country pancake. Do you not get my drift?”

“So are you saying I should have included how light or dark it was; was it dry, wet, muddy ice or snow?” George had not yet started on his bacon buttie.

“That’s right” commented Fred “we need to give a bit more info so that they can get a better picture when they investigate why you came back to base smelling

like a dung heap and why you fell into one in the first place”.

Fred was getting into his stride now;” We need to let them know if the street lights were working, was there heavy traffic, unlit roads or pathways,

if it was near the start or finish of the shift, were we soaking wet from the rain or sweltering in the heat. We need to paint the picture so they can better understand the circumstances which may have contributed to the incident”.

“Gotcha” said George, picking the bacon from between his last two remaining teeth “You fill out the next one and I’ll watch how you do it”.

Protect Your Right To Strike PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mike Leary   
Friday, 15 January 2016 11:43



Do you realise that the government is trying to restrict or even remove your right to strike.


They are trying to do this by passing “The government’s trade union bill”.  This Bill threatens all union members basic right to strike.

 How will they be able to do this?

Employers will be able to break strikes by bringing in agency workers to cover for strikers. This could have big safety implications, lead to worse public services, and will undermine the right to strike. 

The government plans to allow agency workers to replace striking workers. And by requiring 14 days’ notice of strike action (rather than 7 as at present), employers will have more time to arrange agency workers to cover for strikes. This has been banned in the UK since 1973.

    • This fundamentally undermines the right to strike, as it reduces the impact of strike action, and upsets the power balance between workers and employers. These changes will make the UK an outlier in Europe. Across the EU large agencies have agreed not to use agency workers to replace striking workers.
    • There are health and safety concerns about inexperienced replacement workers taking on the roles of the permanent workforce. Inexperienced agency workers replacing strikers might lead to poorer quality services.

What are our concerns?

Last Updated on Friday, 15 January 2016 18:14
Written by Dave Edwards c/o Entitled to.com   
Wednesday, 13 January 2016 20:09

The following benefit changes include War Pensions to Veterans are set to take place in 2016, some may be subject to change or approval.

Benefit and Tax Credit rates frozen

The main rates of working age benefits and tax credits will be frozen in cash terms for 4 years from April 2016. Pensioner benefits are excluded from the benefit freeze and will be protected by the ‘triple lock’.  Disability benefits, the disability-related elements of tax credits and statutory payments will be uprated in the normal way in line with the Consumer Prices Index; these benefits include: Personal Independence Payment, Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance (Support Group only), Maternity Allowance, Statutory Maternity/Paternity Pay and Statutory Sick Pay.

Update: In September the Consumer Prices Index was announced to have fallen in the year to September 2015. This means that those benefits that are increased in line with this measure will not see an increase when the new benefit rates for 2016/17 are released (unless a different measure is used).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 January 2016 20:10
Branch Secretary Update - Christmas 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraer Stevenson   
Thursday, 24 December 2015 15:35

At this time of the year, as well as looking forwards to 2016, we review our work as a Branch over the past AGM year.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 December 2015 15:36
Benefit Caps PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dave Edwards   
Monday, 30 November 2015 22:36


The government discriminated against disabled people when it failed to exempt some unpaid carers from its cap on benefits, the High Court has ruled.
It comes after two adult carers challenged the way the benefits cap applied to people who care for their disabled adult children or relatives.
Carers can claim about £60 a week for caring for relatives - but claims can be included in the £500 benefit cap.
This indirectly discriminated against disabled people, the judge said.
A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said the government "values the important role of carers" and was "considering the judgment and will respond in due course".
He said 98% of carers were unaffected by the benefits cap, which was introduced across England, Scotland and Wales in 2013 and limits how much any one household can receive in state benefits.
To qualify for the Carer's Allowance, carers must provide full-time care - more than 35 hours a week - to a severely disabled person who receives Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
Last Updated on Monday, 30 November 2015 22:36
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