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  • 18 Jun 2014 12:37

    Responding to the annoucement that the NHS in England faces a cut of up to £2bn, Christina McAnea, UNISON Head of Health, said: "

     "The prospect of a further £2bn cut in the NHS budget is a real blow for patients and staff.  This Government has wasted precious billions on a massive and unnecessary top down reorganisation and the NHS is on its knees. Nurse patients ratios are reaching dangerous levels in some areas. Earlier this year, a UNISON survey revealed that 65% of nursing staff did not have enough time to spend with patients and as a result 55% reported that care was left undone.

    "Starving NHS budgets further will have a significant and noticeable impact on patient care, staff training and hospital infrastructure. The NHS is already under strain because of rising demand and the high cost of expensive drugs and treatments.  Waiting lists are growing and will get even longer. Patients won’t receive the life saving treatment they are entitled to and further cuts will undermine our whole healthcare system. It is sad fact that many health staff including nurses and paramedics are already considering leaving a profession they once were passionate about.

    "Every year, staff ‘donate’ £1.5bn in unpaid overtime. We all know the NHS runs on the goodwill on its staff but this is not sustainable when staff are being asked to do more with less. "





  • 26 Mar 2014 09:58

    Christine McAnea, head of health at union, Unison, agrees. "It comes as no surprise that an overwhelming majority of health workers have no confidence in a secretary of state who has put the NHS under attack. Staff are on average 10% worse off than when the coalition came to power," she says..

    Source: The Guardian
  • 20 Mar 2014 11:42

    Dave Prentis, leader of Unison, said: “The Chancellor has run out of time and ideas. The public are not fooled, they know that the gap between the rich and poor is dividing society.”

    Source: Daily Mirror
  • 20 Mar 2014 11:28

    Dave Prentis, Unison leader

    "The chancellor has run out of time and ideas. His claims that people are feeling the benefits of his austerity agenda are wearing thin. The public are not fooled, they know the gap between the rich and poor is dividing society.”

    Source: Financial Times
  • 13 Mar 2014 14:40

    Christine McAnea, head of health at the Unison trade union, said: "If this rumour is true, NHS staff will be very angry. Their pay has fallen behind over the past few years and they deserve a decent pay increase and not to be treated with contempt by the coalition.

    "I cannot believe that the government would be so foolish as to deny even a paltry 1% to nurses, paramedics and therapists – it would be electoral suicide."

    Source: The Guardian

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