Study shows the public wants the government to pay for the training of student nurses, says UNISON

The government should continue to pay for the training of student nurses and midwives, and not force NHS trainees to fund their degrees with loans, according to a new survey published today (Friday) by UNISON. More than three-quarters (77%) of voters who took part in the YouGov survey believe the government must carry on paying […]

‘The fight for our lowest-paid members will underpin all we do’

UNISON health conference debate sees passionate commitment to campaign to defend Agenda for Change and improve it

Too few staff means increased risk to patients, says UNISON

Safe staffing levels across the NHS have worsened significantly in the last year, according to UNISON’s UK-wide annual survey of nursing professionals published today (Monday), at the start of its annual health conference in Brighton. The 2016 survey, conducted on Tuesday 9 February, found that almost two-thirds – 63%, up from 45% the previous year […]

NHS exploiting apprentices through low pay, warns UNISON

Many hospitals are treating apprentices as cheap labour by routinely paying them the minimum wage, even though they often do exactly the same jobs as colleagues earning considerably more, according to a UNISON report published today (Sunday). More than a third of employers across the NHS are hiring apprentices at the statutory minimum of £3.30 […]

UNISON backs action over cash-for-pensions deal

The decision by the NHS Pensions Board to refer Oxleas NHS Trust to the pension regulator has been welcomed by UNISON. The Board has taken this formal action in response to the South East London Trust offering nurses who opt out of the NHS pension a higher salary. UNISON’s Head of Health Christina McAnea said: […]

UNISON disappointed at NHS pay recommendation for 2016/17

Commenting on the announcement today (Tuesday) from NHS Pay Review Body of its proposals on pay for 2016/17, UNISON Head of Health Christina McAnea said: “It’s disappointing for NHS workers that the PRB has stuck to the artificial one per cent pay freeze imposed by the Chancellor. “Government pay policies since 2010 have seen most […]

UNISON comments on BBC story on high number of vacant posts in the NHS

Commenting on the BBC story on the high number of vacant posts in the NHS, UNISON Head of Health Christina McAnea said: “Cutting vital nursing jobs in a bid to save money is a false economy. As a result, the NHS now has to spend huge amounts of money on agency staff to ensure patient […]

Failure of hospitals to meet safe staffing targets is no great surprise, says UNISON

An analysis published today (Monday) by the Health Service Journal, which found that nine in ten hospitals in England are failing to meet their own safe staffing targets for the number of nurses on wards, will come as no great surprise to staff, says UNISON. Commenting on the findings UNISON head of health Christina McAnea […]

Dave Prentis cuts ribbon in front of resource centre, surrounded by members

General secretary opens UNISON shop in new Glasgow hospital

Let’s work together to make this new hospital a success,” general secretary Dave Prentis said as he opened a new UNISON shop in Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital