UNISON demands answers on PFI hospital schemes

UNISON, the UK’s largest health union, today demanded answers from the Department of Health, over plans to go ahead and issue tenders for new hospital PFI schemes.

UNISON welcomes Milburn’s faith in public services

UNISON, the UK’s largest health union, today welcomed Government proposals to share expertise across the NHS saying successful managers are the key to turning round failing hospitals.

“Clarify wording or face unholy war” says UNISON

UNISON, the UK’s largest health union today demanded clarity or withdrawal of controversial wording in a discussion document to be presented at a Labour forum tomorrow.

NHS draft policy document – UNISON reaction

Reacting to a draft policy document on the NHS proposing a health service providing only

UNISON warns Transco job cuts could compromise safety

UNISON, the UK’s largest union, warned that the 2,400 job cuts announced today by gas transmission company Transco could lead to a major safety failure.

UNISON’s spring offensive on pay for local government workers

Over 55 per cent of local government workers earn less than the average allowance paid to councillors – £12,500 – leaving them among the poorest paid workers in the public sector.

UNISON rejects local government pay offer of 2.5 per cent

UNISON, the UK’s largest union, today rejected a 2.5 per cent pay offer by local government employers at the end of the first round of pay talks.

Right to Care campaign wins backing from MPs

The Right to Care campaign received a welcome boost today when it revealed that over 100 MPs, from all parties, have signed an Early Day Motion (EDM) urging the Government to stop the unfair charging of older or disabled people for essential personal care.

“Government sees sense over drafting in private managers to NHS” says UNISON

UNISON, the UK’s largest health union, today expressed delight and pledged their full support for Government plans to drops proposals to draft in private managers to run so called failing hospitals.

UNISON calls for gas shippers’ levy to fund research

UNISON, the UK’s largest union, has called on the Government to introduce a levy on gas shippers to fund research work into safety and environmental improvement.

Blair public services speech – UNISON reaction

UNISON General Secretary, Dave Prentis, said:

“The Prime Minister has come a long way since the ‘scars on my back speech’.

“Good news for nurses” says UNISON after dangerous chemical withdrawn

UNISON, the UK’s largest health union, today welcomed the withdrawal of the

disinfecting agent Cidex from hospitals, hailing the move as very good news

for nurses’ health and the NHS.

NHS patients going abroad – UNISON reaction

“Stop-gap measures” and “a drop in the waiting list ocean” that is how

UNISON, the UK’s largest health union, today described the first NHS

patients travelling to Lille for operations.

London nurse knife attacker in court

A patient who attacked a nurse at St George’s hospital, South London this

week (Tuesday 8th January) is to appear in court in Wandsworth today on

three counts of GBH.

Electricity customers still get raw deal

Commenting on the report from a committee of MP’s today on the results of deregulating the electricity industry, UNISON’s Head of Business and

Environment, Mike Jeram, said: