Five-year plans must have proper funding to succeed, says UNISON

Commenting on the publication of NHS England’s update on its five-year plan for the NHS, UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “The health service consistently delivers for patients – often in very challenging circumstances. This plan acknowledges that and the huge contribution of staff in making the NHS such a success. “Now it’s over […]

NHS staff are giving 100%, but getting just 1% in return, says UNISON

Commenting on the announcement from the NHS pay review body (PRB) today (Tuesday), UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Health service employees go above and beyond caring for patients and keeping the health service running – often in very challenging circumstances. “The government insists it values them, but after endless pay freezes and wage caps, […]

Do you know an outstanding healthcare assistant?

Nominations are open for the UNISON-sponsored Jean Atkinson award for outstanding healthcare assistant (closing date 21 April)

Join us and march for the NHS on Saturday

UNISON calls on members, friends and family to join the 4 March national demonstration and show support for a health service under pressure

Adult social care is the biggest pressure on councils

Research reveals the pressure on councils

Photo of Gary Burgon at home on a couch

A moment to appreciate

Gary Burgon says ‘thanks’ to the strangers who saved his life

photo of John Edgington sitting on a settee with son Matthew Edgington sitting behind him on the settee arm

Intensive care, eternal thanks

An unprovoked assault outside a Manchester nightclub changed Matthew Edgington’s life for ever.

UNISON launches sixth annual survey into NHS safe staffing

NHS staff across the country are being asked to record nurse-to-patient ratios on their wards for UNISON’s sixth annual survey into safe staffing levels. The survey findings will provide a snapshot of conditions in hospitals for staff and patients over 24 hours on Tuesday 7 February. The NHS is currently facing unprecedented pressures and the […]

How safe is the staffing in your hospital?

UNISON will run its sixth annual safe NHS staffing levels survey on 7 February and is asking all members in the nursing family to take part

Government’s claim to have ‘protected’ the NHS is a sham, says UNISON

  Commenting on remarks made today (Wednesday) to the Commons Public Accounts Committee by NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens, UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “It’s quite clear from the evidence today that the government’s claim to have ‘protected’ the NHS is a sham. Theresa May and Jeremy Hunt need to start listening […]

West Norfolk members get new resource centre

General secretary Dave Prentis opens new joint centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn

New pay deal for paramedics

The role of a paramedic will be re-banded nationally, giving paramedics the opportunity to earn more as they progress. The Department of Health, NHS Employers and ambulance unions have agreed paramedics will be re-banded nationally from band 5 to band 6. This new deal will see paramedics in England move up the pay scale from […]

Our Health Heroes awards – the night in pictures

Check out the pictures from the Our Health Heroes awards

Our Health Heroes

Last night the winners of the inaugural Our Health Heroes were announced at a glamorous event in London

UK’s health heroes revealed

An ambulance worker from Berwick and a day centre receptionist from Belfast are the first ever winners of the Our Health Heroes awards, set up to celebrate the work of the thousands of support staff who keep the NHS running behind the scenes. Iain Scott and Elizabeth Cameron received their awards today (Tuesday) at a special ceremony hosted by Skills for Health, the National […]