Waiting times won’t reduce without fixing workforce issues, says UNISON

Pay is key to solving NHS problems

Commenting on new figures showing record waiting times for NHS treatment in England, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said today (Thursday):

“If the new Prime Minister’s serious about tackling problems in the NHS, that must start with a serious plan to keep hold of existing staff.

“Services cannot run themselves. Without a way to persuade exhausted employees to stay and new people to join, the outlook is bleak for anyone needing the NHS.

“Committing to increase health pay ​above inflation is now critical. Without that, waits and delays ​are likely to get a whole lot worse.”

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 the public, voluntary and private sectors.