Employees Relations

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North East Health Care are manufacturers of medical gas equipment. The company has been established for over fifty years starting as a small family concern approximately five years ago, with the Shareholders injecting some capital, and under new management the company has seen rapid and continuous growth.


Changes in government which resulted in changes to the funding of the NHS, have in the past had a positive effect on NEHC. The last five years have seen relatively easy with limited competition from only three main competitors, in a specialised market. The export market continues to thrive on the sale of equipment which has become out-dated in the home market but is suitable in developing countries. New technology in production has resulted in soaring production rates and spiralling labour costs. NEHC feels it still has its roots firmly fixed in a 'family-like' Company where every employee is as important as another and everyone is treated equally. Management believe employees are happy and grateful for the opportunity to work in an expending profitable and caring company. NEHC have in the last two months produced for the first time in twenty-odd years, a standard Contract of Employment accompanied by a first ever Company Handbook for all staff. Contained in the handbook is the Grievance Procedure, Disciplinary Procedure, Equal Opportunities Policy, Sickness Policy, Holiday Policy, Company history and general rules. This is the first" time most employees have been able to refer to written polities and procedures and not left to guess implicit procedural rules. Even some substantive rules have in the past been only verbal or at best contained in a brief job offer letter.
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