NHS staff must be at the heart of the government’s NHS plan, says UNISON

Commenting today (Sunday) ahead of tomorrow’s publication of the government’s 10-year plan for the NHS, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said:

“Encouraging people to take better care of themselves won’t alone solve the growing crisis in the NHS. That can only be halted with proper funding and a sensible plan to fill the huge staffing gaps that now exist in every part of the health service.

“Without the staff, there is no NHS. Ministers must say more about how they plan to address the staffing shortages that are playing havoc with the NHS’ ability to cope.

“Tackling the growing problem of violent attacks on staff and providing better support to frazzled and overwhelmed employees would encourage many to stay in the NHS.

“Improving training would allow others to add to their experience and move into more senior jobs. And better funding for healthcare education, including more money for apprenticeships, could bring in new talent.

“Proper and prompt funding of social care would also reduce the pressure on the health service. These are huge challenges and ones that the government must not duck if the NHS is to continue to be there for us all.”

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