Poll Reveals Public Confusion over NHS

An ICM poll, commissioned jointly by UNISON and the NHS Confederation, shows that the public believe that only half of NHS staff are directly involved in patient care, yet the real figure is 84%. Support staff make up just 16% of the workforce.

UNISON Leaders Recommend Acceptance of Agenda for Change

UNISON health leaaders today decided to recommend acceptance of the new pay and gradings package in the NHS – Agenda for Change. The union

Cleaners Solution to Fighting Hospital Infections

UNISON will today (8 September) urge the Government to listen to the cleaners

UNISON Supports McCartney as Chair

UNISON General Secretary, Dave Prentis, said:

Tories Were MRSA Carriers says UNISON

Responding to Tory Leader Michael Howard

Freedom for Ambulance Staff to use Discretion on Non-Urgent Calls – UNISON Reaction

UNISON has welcomed as a

NHS Logistics Plan Defies Logic

Plans to invite private companies from across Europe to bid for NHS work defies logic says UNISON, the UK

Agenda for Change Breakthrough – UNISON Response

A radical breakthrough in Agenda for Change proposals has been brokered, following a period of intense discussions between health unions and the Government. Agenda for Change will affect 1m staff working in the NHS across every occupation and is designed tackle the inequalities and demarcations rife across the whole of the NHS and to modernise what was an extremely outdated and antiquated pay system.

When Back to Work Means Back to Back Pain

A radical overhaul of layout, design and working practices is needed if we are going to prevent back pain associated with kitchen work, said UNISON, the UK

Water Price Rises Must be Used to Benefit Customers says UNISON

UNISON, the largest union in the water industry and environment agency, today called for any price increases, to be directed at improving the service to customers and not siphoned off into shareholder dividends. The union is also calling for Government action to protect vulnerable customers from any price rises.

“Schools Need Nurses” UNISON Reaction

Commenting on the proposal from Sarah Mullally, Chief Nursing Officer, that every secondary school should have its own nurse, Karen Jennings, UNISON Head of Health said:

More PFI Hospitals

Hospital Star Ratings – UNISON Reaction

UNISON National Secretary for Health, Karen Jennings, said:

“Star ratings do not necessarily provide an accurate reflection of quality of care, so we should avoid rushing into any premature judgements about these hospitals.

UNISON Wins Extension of Two-Tier Workforce Deal

UNISON General Secretary, Dave Prentis, has finally pushed the Government to honour its pledge to end the two-tier workforce across the public services. The ground-breaking deal will end the exploitation of low paid workers by private companies which take over public service contracts.

Transport Strategy – UNISON Reaction