Tories are offering nothing new

Don’t believe the promises on public spending

Union welcomes education funding call but expresses concerns

The words are fine, but action and government investment is needed to make Augar review recommendations work

UNISON and Nursing Times partnership helps support next generation of nurses

Student nurses can get an extra benefit from their UNISON membership

‘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

Health care assistants being used as ‘nurses on the cheap’ says UNISON

Healthcare assistants (HCAs) working in the NHS are doing the jobs of nurses without the equivalent pay or education, says a report from UNISON published today (Friday). Two in five (39%) say they have not received the training necessary to provide the care expected of them such as looking after dementia patients, according to the […]

Government to press on with decision to land student nurses with debts of more than £50,000

Responding to the announcement today (Thursday) that the government is to plough ahead with scrapping nursing bursaries and replacing them with loans and fees, UNISON head of health Christina McAnea said: “It was clear from the start that this consultation was a sham. Ministers have simply not listened. They seem not to care that in […]

Study shows the public wants the government to pay for the training of student nurses, says UNISON

The government should continue to pay for the training of student nurses and midwives, and not force NHS trainees to fund their degrees with loans, according to a new survey published today (Friday) by UNISON. More than three-quarters (77%) of voters who took part in the YouGov survey believe the government must carry on paying […]

Not a normal day for NHS workers

On a normal Wednesday morning Emily Heron would be taking patients’ blood pressure or doing observations…

The government’s plans to axe the NHS bursary place our health service in jeopardy

We need to find a way to address the funding crisis facing students in the NHS – but not by plunging those same students into debt, and putting the future of our health service on the line.

UNISON members join People’s Assembly march in London

Student nurses take their fight to save the NHS bursary back onto the capital’s streets

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 […]

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 […]

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

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

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

Axing NHS bursaries will saddle nurses with debt until retirement, warns UNISON

Nurses and other healthcare workers will be paying off their student loans almost until the day they retire UNISON is warning today (Saturday), as student nurses prepare to take part in protests against government plans to axe the NHS bursaries. UNISON says that controversial government plans to axe the bursaries could leave trainees more than […]