Five-year plans must have proper funding to succeed, says UNISON

Commenting on the publication of NHS England’s update on its five-year plan for the NHS, UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said:

“The health service consistently delivers for patients – often in very challenging circumstances. This plan acknowledges that and the huge contribution of staff in making the NHS such a success.

“Now it’s over to the government to show its commitment to the NHS and fund it properly. Without extra resources, all the sustainability and transformation plans will struggle to get off the paper they’re written on.

“In the same week that NHS staff, who give 100% day in day out, learn they are to be rewarded just 1%, ministers need to realise that unless they come up with the cash for a decent pay rise, health employees will keep on leaving. And without well-trained and experienced staff, the five-year plan looks doomed to fail.

“But it’s good to see the report acknowledge the concerns of staff and the need to talk to health unions. The staff ‘passport’ sounds interesting but health workers will want more than warm words. They need to be sure they can embrace the changes planned, without worrying about cuts to their pay or pensions.”

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