All NHS staff are essential
Almost half the staff in the NHS (around 470,000 people) are in clinical support or infrastructure support roles – these include porters, medical secretaries, telephonists, cleaners, caretakers and laundry staff. These are the people, often unseen by patients, who carry out the hundreds of different roles that help to ensure the health service provides quality patient care.
All NHS staff, whatever their job, play an essential role in making sure patients are looked after and provided with the care they need.
Without cleaning staff wards wouldn’t be safe, without finance staff bills wouldn’t be paid and without porters, many patients wouldn’t be able to move around hospital wards.
Keep support staff within the NHS
A growing number of support roles within the NHS such as finance, IT and cleaning have been outsourced to private sector companies such as Capita, Serco and Sodexo. This can leave these staff more vulnerable to attacks on their terms and conditions. Support staff are increasingly asked to work on zero hours contracts and are often the first to be targeted for redundancy, downbanding and recruitment freezes.
UNISON campaigns to ensure that the NHS and its staff remain in the public sector. We campaign for you.