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

UNISON comments on BBC story on high number of vacant posts in the NHS

Commenting on the BBC story on the high number of vacant posts in the NHS, UNISON Head of Health Christina McAnea said: “Cutting vital nursing jobs in a bid to save money is a false economy. As a result, the NHS now has to spend huge amounts of money on agency staff to ensure patient […]

Yorkshire ambulance paramedics win pay rise

Agreement reached on regrading to reflect paramedics’ skills as UNISON prepared for industrial action ballot

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Higher ed conference backs campaign to keep NHS bursaries

Higher education delegates pledge to lobby for a reversal of Chancellor George Osborne’s decision to scrap bursary

Health workers keep the NHS afloat despite increasing pressures, says UNISON

Responding to the annual staff survey released today (Tuesday) by the NHS, UNISON says that health staff provide the sticking plaster that keeps the service together. The survey highlights the work ethic of staff under pressure, turning up when sick, dealing with harassment and coping without adequate supplies or equipment. UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis […]

Hospitals need 15,000 more nurses as government cuts student bursaries, says UNISON

Responding to a report today (Tuesday) from NHS Improvement on the rising demand for nurses in the NHS, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “Reports that the NHS needs another 15,000 nurses come hard on the heels of ministers cutting student bursaries. “Government claims that this will attract more students to the profession are totally […]

Mental health services in dire state, says UNISON

Responding to the report of the NHS England Mental Health Taskforce, UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “The provision of mental health services in this country is in a dire state. “It is hard to imagine how much worse things can get when children are being sent far away from their families because of […]


Government plans to attack redundancy agreements

The government is launching a new attack on redundancy terms, which could affect workers with a long-service record

NHS staff feel, quite rightly, that they’re coming under constant attack

If the government comes for the unsocial hours payments that NHS staff have come to rely upon following years of pay austerity, we will be ready for them.

UNISON stands behind the junior doctors

UNISON stands behind the junior doctors as they stand up for their rights at work and for patient safety, but unfortunately these attacks will come as no surprise to student nurses

UNISON says junior doctors have its full support

Commenting on the second day of strike action by junior doctors over threatened cuts to the pay they get for working at weekends and at nights, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “Jeremy Hunt has singlehandedly managed to publically alienate vital medical professionals who now feel they have no choice but to take strike action […]

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 […]