UNISON condemns rising cost of Health and Social Care Act

The Government is making an outrageously costly mistake in implementing the Health and Social Care Act said UNISON, the UK’s largest union today. The warning comes in the wake of news that the cost of implementation has risen another £300m bringing the latest cost to taxpayers to between £1.5bn and £1.6bn.

Christina McAnea, UNISON Head of Health, said:

“This is an absolute disgrace. Taxpayers have every right to be furious that the Government is wasting more money on these disastrous, unnecessary changes to our NHS instead of on treating patients and employing more nurses.

“£1.5 to £1.6bn is an obscene amount of money to spend on a reorganisation that will be of more benefit to private health companies than to patients. The Government should not be spending this money when the NHS is rationing treatments, cutting back on staff and on their pay and conditions.”