‘Don’t government claims to be protecting NHS make you sick?’

Not one person in the NHS believes £22bn cuts by 2020 are achievable, delegates hear as UNISON health conference gets under way in Brighton

Too few staff means increased risk to patients, says UNISON

Safe staffing levels across the NHS have worsened significantly in the last year, according to UNISON’s UK-wide annual survey of nursing professionals published today (Monday), at the start of its annual health conference in Brighton. The 2016 survey, conducted on Tuesday 9 February, found that almost two-thirds – 63%, up from 45% the previous year […]

Dave Prentis: Ambulance workers to be balloted over pay

Ambulance staff, including paramedics, are to be balloted over whether they would be prepared to take industrial action over pay, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis announced today (Monday). Speaking on the eve of the all-out junior doctors’ strike, he warned they will be next on the picket line unless Jeremy Hunt honours promises made a […]

NHS exploiting apprentices through low pay, warns UNISON

Many hospitals are treating apprentices as cheap labour by routinely paying them the minimum wage, even though they often do exactly the same jobs as colleagues earning considerably more, according to a UNISON report published today (Sunday). More than a third of employers across the NHS are hiring apprentices at the statutory minimum of £3.30 […]

Football fans champion the NHS

Supporters show appreciation for health service by applauding in the 68th minute – signifying the age of the NHS

Showing what the Welsh NHS is really like

This has the power to show the truth behind the political attacks and reveal what the Welsh NHS is really like. And since NHS workers are trusted more than politicians – we hope that the Welsh public will hear that truth loud and clear.

No-one should believe the NHS claims made by Brexit campaign says UNISON

Responding to the claim by senior members of the Brexit campaign that there would be more money for the NHS were the UK to leave Europe, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “It’s nonsense to say there would be more money for the NHS were the UK to vote to leave Europe in June. “These […]

UNISON welcomes halt to mental health trust’s pension sacrifice plan

Trust’s management withdraws plans to offer more pay to nurses if they sacrifice pension contributions

Privatisation: one of the greatest scourges of our NHS

Our union has always fought to defend our publicly-funded health service, free at the point of delivery. As long as that is under threat, we have to make sure the government hear our voices loudly and clearly – not just on World Health Day, but all year round.

Welsh NHS workers ‘disappointed’ at 1% PRB recommendation

But UNISON welcomes Welsh government’s continued commitment to living wage

UNISON says East of England ambulances changes are ‘unacceptable’

Proposals include changes to meal breaks and ‘late finishes’ leading to compulsory overtime

UNISON backs action over cash-for-pensions deal

The decision by the NHS Pensions Board to refer Oxleas NHS Trust to the pension regulator has been welcomed by UNISON. The Board has taken this formal action in response to the South East London Trust offering nurses who opt out of the NHS pension a higher salary. UNISON’s Head of Health Christina McAnea said: […]

UNISON disappointed at NHS pay recommendation for 2016/17

Commenting on the announcement today (Tuesday) from NHS Pay Review Body of its proposals on pay for 2016/17, UNISON Head of Health Christina McAnea said: “It’s disappointing for NHS workers that the PRB has stuck to the artificial one per cent pay freeze imposed by the Chancellor. “Government pay policies since 2010 have seen most […]

Staff will need time to access new NHS support scheme, says UNISON

Responding to NHS England’s announcement today (Saturday) of new financial incentives aimed at improving the health of staff, UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “This initiative has the potential to make a real difference to committed hospital employees, but it won’t help them at all if staff don’t have time to use these new […]

General secretary set to visit North Wales hospital

Visit will see talks over UNISON’s innovative staff listening exercise, plus dedication of two branch office rooms