Staff will need time to access new NHS support scheme, says UNISON

Responding to NHS England’s announcement today (Saturday) of new financial incentives aimed at improving the health of staff, UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “This initiative has the potential to make a real difference to committed hospital employees, but it won’t help them at all if staff don’t have time to use these new services.”

“Health workers are constantly under pressure. Encouraging active lifestyles and providing access to healthy food at work will help them, and result in better care for patients.

“It’s about time that staff who are struggling were able to get early support if they have physical or mental health issues. If helped early, they should be able to remain in work helping patients, rather than becoming patients themselves.

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