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UNISON calling on Lords to protect NHS bursaries for student nurses

Today’s debate in the House of Lords is the last chance to ensure the NHS can continue to support and recruit student nurses. UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “Thousands of current senior NHS nurses have benefitted from the NHS bursary and the risk of losing it would simply end up costing lives. Many […]

UNISON launches ad campaign to promote public services champions

UNISON has today (Wednesday) launched an advertising campaign to show the positive impact of public sector workers, while also highlighting their struggles as a result of cuts to public spending. The campaign, called Public Service Champions, was developed by the Good Agency and is made of a series of six adverts showing an employee and […]

Hospital staff paying ‘extortionate’ charges to park at work, says UNISON

Some hospitals are charging NHS staff, including low-waged nurses and porters, ‘extortionate’ fees of nearly £100 a month to park, says UNISON today (Wednesday). The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is one of the top chargers with full-time staff paying £85.38 a month to park at the Royal Free Hospital site. Others include the […]

Jon Ashworth, Shadow health secretary

UNISON responds to Labour’s pledge for NHS staff

Photo: Jon Ashworth, shadow health secretary. Photo: Jenny Harvey – @Jenksy Responding to Labour’s NHS election pledge, announced by shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth (Wednesday) in Liverpool – at UNISON’s annual health conference – UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “NHS staff give one hundred per cent day in, day out with many doing life-saving work. […]

Dave Prentis speaking at UNISON Conference

Don’t trust the Conservatives with the NHS, says UNISON general secretary

‘With the election just over six weeks away, the NHS needs those who have the will, the spirit and the dedication to fight for it, and to save it,’ Dave Prentis tells health conference

Ward nurses at Manor Hospital, Walsall

Patients still at risk from chronic nurse understaffing, says UNISON

Chronic understaffing across the NHS is putting patient lives at risk, according to UNISON’s UK-wide annual survey of nurses published today (Monday) at the start of its health conference in Liverpool. The 2017 survey found that the situation has not improved over the last 12 months. Almost two-thirds (63%) of respondents still saying wards are […]

Coming general election must be about the future of our public services, says UNISON

Commenting on the PM’s decision to call an election for June, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Theresa May promised repeatedly there’d be no general election before 2020. Here’s further proof no-one should trust a word the Prime Minister says. This is something people should bear in mind every time she makes a promise during […]

Public sector staff still bear the brunt of low pay rises, says UNISON

Responding to government figures released today (Wednesday) that show average earnings have increased by 2.2%, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Public sector staff have certainly not seen their earnings increase in many years. “Instead, their pay keeps falling behind inflation meaning nurses, care workers and town hall staff are suffering real financial hardship. It’s […]

Cancer care tender collapse highlights costly and inefficient process, says UNISON

Responding to the collapse of plans to hand a £687m contract for cancer services in Staffordshire to private companies, UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “The failure of this tender highlights yet again that using complicated processes to award contracts is a costly and inefficient way of delivering essential NHS services. “The time and […]

Satirical film starring Claire Sweeney highlights ‘absurdity’ of 15-minute care visits

Satirical film starring Claire Sweeney highlights ‘absurdity’ of 15-minute care visits Former Brookside actress and 60 Minute Makeover presenter Claire Sweeney features in a satire – commissioned by UNISON – highlighting the indignity suffered by thousands of elderly people because of 15-minute care visits. The two-minute video has been made to show how cutbacks are […]

Derby school support staff vote ends 10-month dispute, says UNISON

Derby school support staff have voted overwhelmingly (nine to one) to accept the council’s latest offer, ending a 10-month dispute over pay and working time, says UNISON. Derby City Council had imposed changes last June that meant staff lost up to £6,000 a year, as their contracts were reduced from 52 to 44.5 weeks. Their […]

Long-term planning essential for the future health of the NHS, says UNISON

Responding to the House of Lords report on the long term sustainability of the NHS, UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “The committee is right to say the NHS should be funded by the taxpayer and remain free at the point of delivery. “This is a damning but sadly accurate analysis of the state […]

Assessment scheme adds to pressure on already overstretched social workers, says UNISON

The government should scrap plans to roll out its new assessment and accreditation scheme for social workers because it will take up valuable time that could be spent helping vulnerable families, says UNISON. Over nine in ten (93 per cent) social workers who took part in a recent UNISON survey say the National Assessment and […]

Time to nominate the UK’s outstanding healthcare assistants, says UNISON

An awards scheme run by the Cavell Nurses Trust is to celebrate the work of healthcare assistants for the first time. The Jean Atkinson MBE award for outstanding healthcare assistant is being sponsored by UNISON. It recognises Jean’s work on behalf of healthcare staff over the 28 years she worked in the NHS. UNISON is […]

UNISON welcomes U-turn on NHS agency work ban

NHS Improvement has paused plans to ban health service employees from picking up extra work with agencies, following a campaign by UNISON. In a letter to UNISON head of health Christina McAnea, chief executive of NHS Improvement Jim Mackay says the ban is to be paused until further notice. In her initial letter to NHS Improvement, […]

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