Commenting on the announcement today (Tuesday) that Labour plans to give the NHS £26bn in real-terms funding, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:
“This rescue plan can’t come soon enough and will give hope to health service employees and patients across the UK.
“It takes the NHS back to the time before heartless Tory cuts. Chronic underfunding has left hospitals bracing themselves for a winter crisis, without the staff and resources it desperately needs.
“The health service would be revitalised by this major cash boost to our most cherished national institution.
“Bringing back the student nurse bursary would help tackle the current recruitment problems. Expanding free parking and prescriptions across the UK could be the icing on the NHS cake.”
Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in both the public and private sectors.