Latex Allergy Nurse Awarded £354,000 Compensation

Cardiff County Court has today awarded £240,000 compensation, with a further £114,000punitive interest, to UNISON member Alison Dugmore (37), who developed a life-threatening allergy to latex while working at two hospitals in Swansea. Alison was forced to give up nursing in December 1997 after she suffered a series of anaphylactic attacks as a result of using latex gloves coated with corn powder. She developed skin irritation and respiratory problems from the exposure and to this day has to carry an Òepi-penÓ with her in case she unwittingly comes into contact with latex.

Guide for Health Workers Aims to End Confusion About ‘Next of Kin’

“When my partner was diagnosed with Alzheimers, it was a devastating blow. What made matters even worse was having staff in the home and other health professionals continually querying who I was. I had power of attorney and we took the decision to tell staff about our relationship, but that didn’t stop them questioning whether I was the most appropriate person to make decisions about my partner’s affairs.”

Agenda for Change Timetable


UNISON and Open University Pave Way to Learning

UNISON, the UK’s largest union will today ( Monday 24 May) sign an agreement with the UK’s largest university – the Open University – with the common goal of providing greater learning opportunities for UNISON members.

National Delegate Conference – Bournemouth 22-25 June 2004


Working together for a radical third term – Trade unions and the Labour government

Joint statement of Labour affiliated unions following meeting to discuss gaining a third term for Labour Government based on radical policies.

UNISON Calls for Inquiry into Hospital Food Scandal


Still Here – Still Exploited say Overseas Nurses


New NHS Childcare Allowance – UNISON Reaction


Deliver on Two Tier Workforce Before Next Election Warns UNISON Chief

Ending the two tier workforce is the defining issue between UNISON and the Labour Government, Dave Prentis General Secretary of UNISON warned today. Speaking to a meeting of 200 of the union

Powerful Coalition Backs Call for ‘Fourth Option’ for Local Authority Housing

A powerful coalition of organisations has today called on the government to ensure local councils have enough money to fund improvements to meet the government

Violence Not Part of the Job Say UNISON Health Workers

Delegates at UNISON

Speed Traps Cost Ambulance Staff and Service Dear

Ambulance Trusts are being forced to employ extra administrative staff just to deal with the mountain of paperwork generated by electronic speed traps, said UNISON today. A motion at the union

Put an End to the Two Tier Workforce Warns UNISON

At the UNISON Healthcare Conference in Glasgow today (26 April) Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON told delegates that while the union would not walk away from the Labour Party, failure to honour their commitment to end the two-tier workforce, would be a defining issue in relations with the Government. He said:

Twin-Track Approach Needed to Build NHS Capacity