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Just 2% of Colchester hospital staff on zero-hour contracts
PHYSIOTHERAPISTS are among those on zero-hour contracts at Colchester’s hospitals.
A total of 96 staff have the controversial contracts at the Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust.
However they make up just two per cent of the total workforce of 4,311 employed by the trust.
The contracts, which employ casual staff but offer them no guaranteed hours, have come under the spotlight recently as the government investigates whether they exploit workers, or rather provide welcome flexibility.
A spokesman for the trust said: “These provide cover for short-term absence, usually caused by sickness or holiday or while we fill vacancies and have the appropriate experience and skills to quickly fit in
“Our understanding is it’s a very common practice for acute hospital trusts to have a small number of staff on zero-hours contracts.”
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