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 […]

Government guarantees might help reassure NHS and care workforces, says UNISON

Commenting on the report published today (Friday) by the Health Select Committee into the impact of Brexit upon health and social care in the UK, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The Brexit vote has plunged the NHS and social care into deeply uncertain times. The government’s reluctance to grant EU nationals working in our […]

Shifting the balance of power

Devolution is finally reaching the English regions – on 4 May, voters get to elect the first batch of ‘metro mayors’

Better pay, safer staffing and fully funded training pledged at health conference

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth launches triple promise and warns: ‘The future of the NHS is at stake in this election’

Hospital staff paying ‘extortionate’ charges to park at work, says UNISON

Some hospitals are charging NHS staff, including low-waged nurses and porters, ‘extortionate’ fees of nearly £100 a month to park, says UNISON today (Wednesday). The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is one of the top chargers with full-time staff paying £85.38 a month to park at the Royal Free Hospital site. Others include the […]

Jon Ashworth, Shadow health secretary

UNISON responds to Labour’s pledge for NHS staff

Photo: Jon Ashworth, shadow health secretary. Photo: Jenny Harvey – @Jenksy Responding to Labour’s NHS election pledge, announced by shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth (Wednesday) in Liverpool – at UNISON’s annual health conference – UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “NHS staff give one hundred per cent day in, day out with many doing life-saving work. […]

NHS employers tempted to view apprentices as ‘cheap labour’, warns UNISON

Union will seek to use Agenda for Change to protect apprentice pay and conditions

‘The fight’s not over’ in campaign to save NHS bursaries

UNISON health delegates hear moving proof of the value of the bursary for student nurses

Dave Prenits at the rostrum speaking to UNISON health delegates in Liverpool

‘Six weeks to save the NHS’, says Prentis

UNISON health conference told: ‘We must put the health service centre stage in the general election’

Dave Prentis speaking at UNISON Conference

Don’t trust the Conservatives with the NHS, says UNISON general secretary

‘With the election just over six weeks away, the NHS needs those who have the will, the spirit and the dedication to fight for it, and to save it,’ Dave Prentis tells health conference

Patients still at risk from chronic nurse understaffing, says UNISON

Chronic understaffing across the NHS is putting patient lives at risk, according to UNISON’s UK-wide annual survey of nurses published today (Monday) at the start of its health conference in Liverpool. The 2017 survey found that the situation has not improved over the last 12 months. Almost two-thirds (63%) of respondents still saying wards are […]

Long-term planning essential for the future health of the NHS, says UNISON

Responding to the House of Lords report on the long term sustainability of the NHS, UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “The committee is right to say the NHS should be funded by the taxpayer and remain free at the point of delivery. “This is a damning but sadly accurate analysis of the state […]