The government needs to address the impact of scrapping the nursing bursary

Responding to the government’s announcement today (Tuesday) that it will increase the number of training places for nurses, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “It’s about time the government addressed the impact of their decision to scrap the nursing bursary. Young people have been put off training to become nurses because of this shortsighted policy. “UNISON […]

Fighting for the right to nurse

Emily Heron’s dream to become a nurse is being thwarted by the government’s decision to scrap the NHS bursary

General election 2017: The NHS

With the election upon us, UNISON considers its five key demands for the NHS – and how the main parties measure up in their manifestos

Better pay, safer staffing and fully funded training pledged at health conference

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth launches triple promise and warns: ‘The future of the NHS is at stake in this election’

‘The fight’s not over’ in campaign to save NHS bursaries

UNISON health delegates hear moving proof of the value of the bursary for student nurses

Government must act as NHS student applications slump, says UNISON

Responding to the announcement that university applications for nursing and midwifery courses have fallen dramatically, UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “The government said replacing bursaries with loans would bring in an additional 10,000 nurses. Instead the exact opposite has happened. “With applications down nearly a quarter, ministers must accept they got this wrong […]

Nursing associates should not be nurses on the cheap, says UNISON


Wednesday 12 October 2016 For immediate release Nursing associates should not be nurses on the cheap, says UNISON Responding to the announcement today (Wednesday) by Health Education England that more than 2,000 people will be trained as nursing associates over the coming months, UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “These new roles could help […]

Health care assistants being used as ‘nurses on the cheap’ says UNISON

Healthcare assistants (HCAs) working in the NHS are doing the jobs of nurses without the equivalent pay or education, says a report from UNISON published today (Friday). Two in five (39%) say they have not received the training necessary to provide the care expected of them such as looking after dementia patients, according to the […]

UNISON vows to campaign for midwives and their patients

Eleanor Smith makes pledge at TUC Congress alongside the Royal College of Midwives

Members mark NHS’s 68th birthday in Newcastle

Public get birthday cake and sign birthday card – and petition to protect the NHS bursary

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 […]

Health workers and charities unite to urge rethink on NHS bursaries

More than 20 health unions, charities and professional colleges sign open letter to prime minister

Not a normal day for NHS workers

On a normal Wednesday morning Emily Heron would be taking patients’ blood pressure or doing observations…

UNISON members urge MPs to save the NHS bursary

Cutting financial ‘lifeline’ to student nurses will leave them thousands of pounds in debt

If the NHS bursary goes, it will put the future of our health service at risk

At a time when our NHS faces a nursing shortage (due in part to mismanagement and attacks on the profession), the government should be pulling out all of the stops to attract more people into careers in the health service.