UNISON, the UK’s largest health union, today welcomed the new NHS recruitment campaign aimed at attracting staff back into the service, saying “bring back the missing workers”.
Paul Marks, National Secretary for Health, said:
“There is a wealth of skill and experience out there that has been lost over time and we need to bring back the missing workers into the NHS. Despite meeting recruitment targets for nurses, there are still significant shortages across the country. This is leading to an the over-reliance on expensive agency workers which drains money away from the NHS.
“Retention is the key, feeling part of an NHS that is supported and valued, with staff properly rewarded for the work that they do.
“Join the team is a slogan that many of our members will identify with. It is vital that NHS workers feel part of that team and are not constantly under threat from private contractors and privatisation.”