UNISON comments on the NHS ‘rent a room’ scheme

This scheme looks like another dangerous experiment

Mencap to pay care workers minimum wage for sleep-ins

Mencap has agreed to pay care workers above the national minimum wage for sleep-ins, following a successful campaign by UNISON. The charity has been in dispute with UNISON over its failure to pay care staff the minimum wage when providing on-call night care. Some carers had previously been paid a flat rate of £25 for a […]

Shifting the balance of power

Devolution is finally reaching the English regions – on 4 May, voters get to elect the first batch of ‘metro mayors’

Plans to let councils opt out of legal duties to children dropped

UNISON welcomes government move after months of campaigning on Children and Social Work Bill (England)

NHS reforms will fail without more money and staff involvement

New NHS plans for health and care services are doomed unless the government invests more cash and listens to staff and patients, says UNISON. The details of nearly all 44 NHS sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) have now been published. But the government and NHS England have failed to consult properly with the public and […]

Patients face bed shortages because government not delivering on mental health

Patients facing bed shortages and long waits because government not delivering on mental health funding, says UNISON Mental health patients are facing bed shortages, longer waits for treatment and reduced support because of budget cutbacks, according to a new survey published today (Monday) by UNISON. More than four in five (83%) staff working in mental […]

Delegates back call to improve representation

Under-representation – particularly among young members – cited as a problem that needs to be tackled

Social work reform survey report

Social workers reject government reforms as unsafe, says UNISON

Government plans to reform the delivery of children’s social care have been overwhelmingly rejected by practising social workers in a new report published today (Wednesday) by UNISON. UNISON says the proposals could prove dangerous for children and fail to tackle any of the fundamental problems social workers deal with on a daily basis. UNISON says […]

UNISON backs petition to protect children’s care rights in England

Members and the public are urged to back the call to ‘protect the rights of vulnerable children and care leavers’ from plans in new bill

New government must reverse the trend towards NHS privatisation

UNISON urges ministers to think again after the consultancy behind series of failed privatisations is shut down

Social work bill ‘does nothing to address the real problems’

UNISON joins professional associations and academic bodies to condemn plans to give ministers control over social work regulation in England

Cuts to social care funding hamstring health services says UNISON

Commenting on new NHS England figures published today (Thursday), highlighting the scale of delayed discharges from hospitals, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Continuous cuts to social care budgets are the reason why many people have to stay longer in hospital than they should. “The problem is getting worse, not better. Already this year there […]

Health committee chair makes the right choice on EU vote, says UNISON

Having listened carefully to both sides of the debate, I believe our NHS & research will be safer if Britain remains in the EU — Sarah Wollaston MP (@sarahwollaston) June 8, 2016 Responding to the defection of Sarah Wollaston MP to the Remain camp over claims the NHS would benefit financially if the UK voted […]

‘Don’t government claims to be protecting NHS make you sick?’

Not one person in the NHS believes £22bn cuts by 2020 are achievable, delegates hear as UNISON health conference gets under way in Brighton

Closure of Four Seasons home

UNISON statement on announcement that Garvagh Care Home will close in May