U-Turn over closure of NHS DirectCommenting on reports that Health Minister Andrew Lansley has denied plans to shut down NHS Direct, Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON, said:
"This is great news for patients and for staff at NHS Direct. The service that NHS Direct offers is tried and tested and is of great value to the public, as the outcry over the threat of closure shows. The service provides a reassuring voice for worried parents in the middle of the night and is a well of advice that the public can tap into 24 hours a day. Andrew Lansley should not have put nurses and staff in fear of their jobs in this way".
"I am sure staff will still be confused and worried that the Government may have another change of heart. I would like a guarantee from the health minister that the 1,300 nurses working for NHS Direct will still have a job there this time next year".
Save NHS DirectNHS Direct is a 24 hour service that takes the pressure off the emergency services and provides much needed advice and support to people, and their families, when they need it most
The government plans to scrap NHS Direct and it's 3,000 NHS dedicated specialist nurses and healthcare professionals, and replace it with private call centres.
It takes just a few minutes to make a differenceThousands of us every year are helped by the dedicated staff on NHS Direct, providing advice, reassurance and information at a time we need it most.
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