No fresh ideas to deal with growing NHS staffing crisis, says UNISON 

Demoralised, overworked, underpaid staff are quitting the NHS every day.

Commenting on the health secretary’s plan to deal with the NHS Covid backlog, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:

“There’s nothing new to see here. Without fresh ideas to deal with the growing NHS staffing crisis or the broken care system, services won’t be there for those needing help.

“Demoralised, overworked, underpaid staff are quitting the NHS every day. There’s a complete absence of thinking from ministers on how to hold on to experienced employees and attract enthusiastic new recruits.

“The answer is simple. The government must come up with an inflation-busting pay rise that protects the NHS, values its staff, helps cut the backlog and shortens waiting times for anxious patients.

“It’s time for a proper plan to expand the health workforce so the NHS can meet the many demands being made of it.”

Notes to editors:
-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 the public, voluntary and private sectors.

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