Violence against health workers unacceptable, says UNISON

Commenting on new research published today (Monday) by the TUC that says health employees are the most likely to experience violence at work, UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “Sadly these figures confirm the evidence from the NHS itself that the level of violence against medical and health care workers is unacceptably high. “It’s especially […]

UNISON warns outsourcing will not solve NHS financial problems

Responding to the Carter Review on NHS operational productivity UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “Of course every effort should be made to cut waste and inefficiency in the NHS and to make economies of scale where possible. “Repealing the Health and Social Care Act would be a good first step. The legislation has not […]

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MPs warned of short-termist threat to NHS support roles

NHS needs to operate as one team in the interests of joined-up, high-quality patient care

UNISON signs emergency services mental heath initiative

Union pledges support for initiative to reduce mental health discrimination and support blue-light workers in England

Health minister praises UNISON listening campaign

Union wins praise from Welsh government minister for identifying concerns at Betsi Cadwaladr hospitals

How safe is your staffing?

UNISON will run its fifth annual safe NHS staffing levels survey on 9 February and is asking all members in the nursing family to take part

How Osborne’s Fake ‘Living Wage’ Could Trap Many in Poverty

The government are introducing a ‘national living wage’, but beware – it won’t pay people what they need to earn to live on.

UNISON set to present Betsi Cadwaladr findings to health board

UNISON Cymru/Wales is to present the findings of its thorough review of what it is like to work for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to the senior management team at a board meeting today. UNISON’s North Wales health branch pro-actively initiated a listening exercise to discover the extent of problems across the board’s hospitals in the […]

A foolish, petty and self-defeating cut

Saving less than a million pounds a week whilst making it harder to recruit more nurses, plans to cut the NHS bursary must be one of the most foolish, petty and self-defeating cuts to come from this government

UNISON says A & E minimum staffing levels vital for patient care

Commenting on the leaked NICE report on staffing levels in accident and emergency departments, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “This comes as no surprise. UNISON has long argued the benefits for minimum staffing levels, including those in casualty departments. “The fact that someone had to leak the information brings government transparency on these issues […]

UNISON slams redundancy plans at NHS Property Services

UNISON has today (Thursday) criticised plans by NHS Property Services to make more than 140 posts redundant in England. Roles at risk include those responsible for maintaining the safety and high standard of NHS properties, and those who carry out health and safety audits, fire risk assessments and manage the security of buildings. UNISON head […]

UNISON members show support for junior doctors’ industrial action

Union also issues advice for members working in the NHS

‘Bursary or Bust’ is the cry as NHS students rally across England

Rallies and marches back the NHS bursary in London, Manchester and Newcastle

Don’t just give something up for new year – give blood

The NHS Blood and Transplant service needs new donors – particularly if they are young, Black or of South Asia origin

NI minister imposes NHS pay award

UNISON refutes minister Simon Hamilton’s claim for trade union non-engagment on NHS pay