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NHS

What future for our NHS?

In the run up to 7 May, UNISON is highlighting three issues that we know mean the most to our members. These issues will be crucial in deciding the outcome of the election. Here we look at the NHS

Five years of Tory-led government have damaged the NHS.

The number of nurses leaving the profession has jumped by 26%

NHS jobs are now less secure – more than 10,000 NHS staff were made redundant as a result of an unnecessary NHS reorganisation

We’ve seen the first strike of NHS staff over pay for 32 years and the first time midwives have taken strike action in their history

Waiting times are up.

You need an NHS you and your family can rely on 

But the Tories will continue to put the NHS’s future at risk if re-elected in May. Rather than focusing on patient care, they plan to put more NHS services up for privatisation, allowing private companies to take money out of the NHS.

UNISON believes there is still a clear difference between the Tories and Labour.

If Labour are elected, they will:

  • Recruit 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 extra GPs, 5,000 new homecare workers and 3,000 more midwives from the extra £2.5bn it will put into the NHS
  • Respect the recommendations of the independent NHS pay review body, which sets pay for NHS staff
  • Ditch government plans to increase privatisation in our NHS. Only Labour will keep the NHS out of private hands
  • Guarantee a GP appointment within 48 hours and a maximum one week wait for cancer tests.

The last five years have shown that the NHS is not in safe hands. Only a change in government will help protect the NHS and give it the best chance of being there in the future when you and your family need it.

The NHS belongs to us all. Who do we trust to run it for the next five years?

The NHS deserves better.
Care for it? Vote for it.

Money

Can your family afford another five years of this?

In the run up to 7 May, UNISON is highlighting three issues that we know mean the most to our members. These issues will be crucial in deciding the outcome of the election. Here we look at the money in your pocket and the cost of living for your family.

Over the last five years average prices have risen by 20%, food prices by 30% and fuel by 60%.

But average weekly pay was 11% LOWER in 2014 than in 2008, putting it back to the level it was at the turn of the century.

People like you, who keep the country running have been hit the hardest.

But there is another way…

People like you, who keep the NHS, local government, education, police and other public services running are on average £2,000 a year worse off since 2010. This Conservative-led pay squeeze will continue if they are re-elected.

UNISON believes there is still a clear difference between the Tories and Labour. 

Labour believes if your pay increases, it will benefit the wider economy, as you and your family will have more money to spend. The Tories’ pay squeeze has actually seen the national debt grow. Less tax and NI have been received, weakening the government’s finances.

Labour’s plans are better for you and better for all of us.

Labour has made a commitment to people like you – the workforce of the country. They will find better ways of settling pay including respecting collective agreements, independent pay review recommendations and equal pay.

Only a change in government will help us to help you get the pay you deserve.

You deserve better.  Care for it? Vote for it.

Jobs

Who wants to protect your livelihood?

In the run up to 7 May, UNISON is highlighting three issues that we know mean the most to our members. These issues will be crucial in deciding the outcome of the election. Here we look at the threats to your job and your livelihood.

Over the last five years of this government more than half a million public service jobs have gone. Jobs just like yours.

If re-elected the Tories are promising more cuts. Your job is at risk.

But there is another way…

Since they came to power the Tories have cut over half a million public service jobs.

It has resulted in more stress in the workplace with those left doing more work for the same pay while the cost of living has risen.

It’s also meant that the deficit has been cut more slowly as tax and National Insurance revenues have fallen.

If re-elected, it will get even worse as the Tories have promised to cut over half a million more jobs.

UNISON believes there is still a clear difference between the Tories and Labour.

Labour is committed to a more balanced approach to dealing with the deficit. This will result in more than half a million jobs – just like yours – being saved.

UNISON believes that people working in public services have already borne more than their fair share of the economic crisis under this Tory-led government.

People working hard to provide much-needed local services need fair pay and reasonable job security.

Only a Labour government can start to redress the balance, helping to increase pay and protecting as many jobs as possible.

You deserve better.

Care for it? Vote for it.