Extra NHS funding welcome but staff need to be paid properly, says UNISON

Responding to the government announcement today (Wednesday) of £325m for NHS transformation projects, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “Any investment in the NHS is welcome as spending on facilities and services is urgently needed. “But ministers must accept that change is not possible without the staff to provide these services. “It’s now time […]

Help stop the sale of NHS Professionals

UNISON backs We Own It campaign against sell-off – you can help by signing the petition and urging your MP to back the Early Day Motion 152

Blog: 69 years our nation’s greatest institution and most remarkable achievement

I can’t think of anywhere I’d rather be today than Cardiff, where I’ll be attending the Annual UNISON Cymru/Wales Regional Health Awards. I’m looking forward to talking to – and thanking – some of the heroes of our health service. And where better to do it than in Wales, home of the founder of our Health service, and an inspiration to so many – Nye Bevan.

Health unions call for the government to act on public sector pay

Seventeen unions representing employees across the NHS have today (Tuesday) expressed anger and deep disappointment at the government’s failure to deal with the ongoing public sector pay crisis. Unions say health staff are angry that ministers have still not said they will allow the pay review bodies to operate without interference, and will fully fund […]

UNISON comments on latest NMC figures on UK nurses leaving the NHS ‎

Commenting on the latest NMC figures, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “With both UK and EU nurses leaving, the NHS is heading towards a serious staffing crisis. The country simply isn’t training enough nurses to make up for those who are leaving. Scrapping the bursary and introducing tuition fees have only made matters […]

Apprentices to get fairer deal under new charter, says UNISON

Apprentices working in public services are set to get a fairer deal under a charter to be launched later today (Wednesday) by UNISON. Being paid the rate for the job, high quality training and a guaranteed employment contract are among the aims outlined in the document unveiled at the union’s annual national conference in Brighton. […]

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Health and social care has suffered the ‘most austere’ decade ever

UNISON delegates agree: we can’t have integration ‘on the cheap’

Huge drop in EU nurses applying to work in the UK

New figures reveal nursing shortages hit further as Brexit vote sees numbers applying from the EU fall

NMC consults on plans to shake up nursing education

UNISON is asking for members’ views on the plans to collate into a detailed response to consultation on planned changes

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

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One Team week of action to celebrate the NHS’s unsung workers

Without support staff, ‘our NHS simply wouldn’t work’

Ministers must act to counter malware attack on hospitals, says UNISON

Commenting on the malware attack today (Friday) on the NHS, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Staff are already facing huge challenges to keep the health service running and deliver the best care for patients. “This senseless cyber attack will make their jobs even harder. The government must take urgent action to get hospitals up and running […]

UNISON backs NHS leaders’ call to end pay cap

In response to NHS Providers calling for an end to pay restraint for staff, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Action is needed now to stop staff leaving the NHS. Hospitals will struggle to keep skilled workers unless they’re rewarded with a decent wage rise and soon. “It’s patients who will suffer unless there are […]

Blog: The pay cap is bad for health workers and it’s bad for the NHS

When it comes to the NHS, the facts are clear – Labour understands the investment and support our health service needs. The Tories just want to run the health service down.

Scrapping unfair parking charges ‘is the right thing to do’, says UNISON

Welcoming the Labour Party’s pledge to end hospital parking charges for patients, visitors and NHS staff, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The cost of hospital parking is heaping excessive financial pressure on health employees who’ve gone for years without a decent pay rise. “Extortionate parking costs are bad enough, but NHS staff are also […]