UNISON cancels annual health conference

NHS needs put before annual gathering

Ward nurses at Manor Hospital, Walsall

UNISON has today (Friday) cancelled its annual health conference that was due to take place in Brighton from 6-8 April.

The decision has been taken in light of the escalation of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The safety of participants and their families was also at the forefront of the general secretary and presidential team’s minds when they took the decision to cancel, says UNISON.

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The needs of our NHS and the safety and peace of mind of health workers and their loved ones are paramount.

“The cancellation of the event means health staff won’t be taken away from hospitals, clinics and advice centres across the country at a time of national crisis.”

Notes to editors
– Questions about the cancellation can be sent to: conferencequeries@unison.co.uk
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in both the public and private sectors.

Media contacts:
Garfield Myrie T: 0207 121 5546 M: 07432 741565 E: g.myrie@unison.co.uk
Liz Chinchen T: 0207 121 5463 M: 07778 158175 E: l.chinchen@unison.co.uk