NURSE TRAINING & WORKFORCE PLANNING

The last five years have witnessed a significant and welcome expansion in the commissioning of student nurse training places at UK universities to sustain the NHS nursing workforce. We are now beginning to see, however, a reduction in the availability of monies available to purchase training courses this year and the potential for reductions in […]

FIRST AIDERS WITHIN THE WORKFORCE

This Conference believes that a safe working environment is a right for everyone. There is a requirement under “Health & Safety at Work Act 1974” and “The Health & Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981” for employers to provide equipment and facilities which are adequate and appropriate in the circumstances for administering first-aid to employees (Regulation 3(1)). […]

NURSING & MIDWIFERY COUNCIL REGISTRATION

Conference believes that the huge increase in the Nurses and Midwifery Council registration is unacceptable. The NMC can not justify nor demonstrate such a huge increase, nor do we as registrants have confidence that we are receiving value for money. All too often when the NMC are contacted by registered nurses who raise concerns regarding […]

END THE USE OF PRIVATE CONTRACTORS WITHIN OUR NHS

Conference welcomes the implementation of Agenda for Change (AfC) for Soft Facilities Management (FM) staff employed by private contractors and sees this as the minimum rate for all staff working in the NHS irrespective of employer. However we recognise that this agreement does not cover members employed in Hard FM and asks that negotiation continue […]

MATERNITY & CARERS RIGHTS IN THE NHS

Conference welcomes the new rights for parents and carers to be introduced in the Work and Families Act, which will come into force in April 2007. It notes that parents and carers struggling to achieve work life balance will now be able to take advantage of the following improvements: §Statutory Maternity Pay, Maternity Allowance and […]

THE NHS AND WOMEN

The NHS is in crisis. Much of the government’s injection of additional investment has ended up in the pockets of private companies. The end result of government policies has been job losses, cuts, closures and privatisation. Women form the majority of the workforce in the NHS, and are also disproportionately represented in lower grade jobs […]

PRIVATISATION IN THE PRESCRIPTION PRICING DIVISION (PPD)

The Government’s so-called reforms of the NHS are gathering pace and are preparing the way for more privatisation. On 28 July UNISON reps in the Prescription Pricing Division (PPD) of the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) were informed that the PPD is looking at options to privatise the services. This is in addition to the […]

PATHOLOGY REVIEW

Conference notes the recommendations contained in the Report of the Review of NHS Pathology Services in England chaired by Lord Carter of Coles and published in August 2006 including: ·The establishment of managed pathology networks; ·Instigating formal service level agreements within trusts between laboratories and clinical departments; ·Empowering commissioners of pathology services to have greater […]

KEEP THE NHS WORKING – BUILDING THE CAMPAIGN

Conference notes that far from being the best ever year the last 12 months have been one of the worst for the NHS and its workforce. We have seen Trust after Trust facing a financial crisis whilst at the same time more public money than ever is pouring into the private health sector. It is […]

IMPACT OF NHS COST CUTTING ON HEALTH, SAFETY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Conference recognises the fact that Ambulance workers, particularly those on the front line, have one of the highest incidences of ill-health retirement in the NHS. Some of the causes of this are inherent in the job, as lifting heavy patients in confined spaces and attending emergencies at insecure locations cannot be avoided without severely compromising […]

DECONTAMINATION STRATEGY

This Conference notes with concern the Department of Health’s (DoH) rollout of its Decontamination Strategy and sees this as a further step in the privatisation and marketisation of services in the NHS. In a national survey of decontamination services carried out by the DoH in 2001 it found that there were 182 acute NHS Trusts […]

INDEPENDENT SECTOR TREATMENT CENTRES (ISTCs)

Conference welcomes the publication of the Health Select Committee’s report into wave one of the Independent Sector Treatment Centre programme (ISTCs) following the conclusion of its inquiry in July 2006. In particular its conclusions that: 1.ISTCs had not made a major direct contribution to increased capacity 2.ISTCs are not necessarily more efficient than NHS Treatment […]

IMPROVING WORKING LIVES

Conference notes that the Improving Working Lives Standard (IWL) was originally designed to serve as a blueprint by which NHS employers and staff in England measured the management of human resources and how organisations were kite-marked against their ability to demonstrate a commitment to improving the working lives of their employees. Conference recognises that genuine […]

FOUNDATION TRUSTS – ENGLAND

Conference notes the Government’s intention for all English NHS Trusts to attain Foundation status by 2008. It further notes that the pace and number of Trusts applying for Foundation status is increasing. UNISON maintains a position of opposition to Foundation Trusts (FTs) and recognises that the additional freedoms granted to FTs can potentially undermine not […]

FINANCIAL PROBITY IN THE NHS

Conference notes with serious concern the unprecedented level of spending by the Government on global management consultants that advise on the marketisation and privatisation of the NHS. Public money paid to McKinsey Consultancy over the last 3 years has dramatically accelerated from spending £250 thousand in 2004 to £4 million in 2005 to almost £10 […]