Christmas deaths in Eastern England reveal true extent of winter crisis

Twenty grieving families will now, quite rightly, be demanding answers

The NHS crisis in five charts

Unless you’ve been truly hibernating so far this year, you will have heard that thousands of NHS operations have been cancelled. But what is the NHS winter crisis?

Carillion’s collapse is terrible for staff and the taxpayer, says UNISON 

The government needs to safeguard services and protect staff

Flu jab is important but not the real threat to the NHS, says UNISON

Shortage of staff and lack of funding is the real threat to the NHS

The letters from NHS doctors and NHS Providers should be a wake-up call for the government

The NHS is under unsustainable pressure and the government needs to take action

Living on a knife-edge – survey reveals what a pay rise would mean to NHS employees

Being able to feed their families, afford dental treatment, repair their cars or pay off debts are some of the things that health workers could afford if the government gave them a decent pay rise, according to a survey released today (Sunday) by UNISON. UNISON says the findings expose the financial hardship suffered by NHS […]

Health unions react to NHS workforce strategy draft plans

Health unions are today (Wednesday) renewing their call for a coherent strategy to improve recruitment and retention, equality and diversity, workloads, well-being and career prospects as the government publishes its workforce plans.  Over the last three years unions representing cleaners, nurses, doctors, radiographers, pharmacists, midwives, medical secretaries, paramedics, caterers, dental technicians, as well as porters, managers, […]

Health unions welcome moves on pay but warn against making staff foot the bill

Talks about the much-needed review of the NHS pay structure and the decent wage rise can now begin.

UNISON comments on NHS Providers report on winter pressures

Alarming report shows the amount of strain the NHS is under even before winter pressures have kicked in

Parliament debates UNISON’s public sector pay cap petition

UNISON’s petition calling on the government to scrap the public sector pay cap and give NHS, council, police and schools staff a decent pay rise will be debated today (Monday) in Parliament. Ahead of the debate, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis has written to the Prime Minister to ask her why the Budget failed to […]

Drop in nursing applications is disappointing

Government’s decision to scrap the bursary has clearly deterred people from pursuing a career in nursing

Trust leads the way on high quality apprenticeships

Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust will today (Friday) become the first organisation in the country to sign up to UNISON’s apprenticeship charter. The charter ensures that apprenticeships deliver a positive outcome for both apprentices and employers. The charter commits the Trust to provide apprenticeships that are well-funded, high quality and that lead to a […]

The NHS is not out of the woods yet

The government has shifted on NHS pay, but there could still be a sting in the tail

Budget leaves public services “gasping for air”

There’s no actual money on the table

UNISON comments on RCN story on NHS pay

NHS employees as a whole are struggling to survive on just their basic pay.