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A HOSPITAL trust has launched a consultation with staff on plans to abolish enhanced sickness payments.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust is proposing to cut extra payments to staff who call in sick while rostered to work unsocial hours, during the night or on weekends, or on bank holidays.

The trust, which runs hospitals in Hartlepool and Stockton, currently pays staff more for working during these hours and when they are off sick they still get the enhanced payments.

Today we ask: Should hospital staff have extra shift payments cut if they call in sick?