Cuts to mental health leave staff facing violence and aggression says UNISON

Reduced funding to mental health services across the UK and in the South East is leaving staff vulnerable to violence and aggression from patients, and means they cannot provide the level of care needed, says UNISON. The report, Struggling to Cope, paints a bleak picture of the country’s mental health services – for both staff […]

Help stop the sale of NHS Professionals

The government has announced plans to sell of 75% of NHS Professionals, the publicly owned NHS staffing agency, and UNISON is urging members and branches to support the campaign to stop the sale, which is being organised by the We Own It campaign group. You can help the campaign by signing the petition against the […]

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

Speaking to UNISON’s annual health conference in Liverpool today (Monday), general secretary Dave Prentis said: “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. “When the country goes to the polls, everything that matters to […]

UNISON South East members join the march for our NHS

UNISON South East members joined the biggest demonstration ever seen in support of our NHS in London on Saturday. They marched alongside thousands and thousands of others to protect our finest “national treasure” and a “wonderful symbol of human civilisation”. In their own words, UNISON members told us why the NHS was so important to them, and […]

How safe is the staffing in your hospital?

Do you work in the health service as a nurse, healthcare assistant, student nurse, midwife or health visitor? Then make sure you take part in UNISON’s fifth annual safe staffing levels survey. UNISON has been campaigning to improve staffing levels for years – but we know there are still many workplaces with too few staff. […]

Patients’ lives at risk over ambulance call-outs, warns UNISON

Ambulance crews are having to ignore call-outs for heart-attack and stroke patients because emergency vehicles are too busy queuing outside a Portsmouth hospital, UNISON said. Fifty people including seriously ill patients were left without an ambulance on Monday 2 January this year despite calling South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS), according to new data. The figures […]

New NHS plans must not be a smokescreen for further government cuts, says UNISON

The government must do more to reassure staff and the public that new NHS service delivery reforms are not a cover for further cuts, says UNISON. UNISON is concerned that the fast pace at which they are being pushed through risks undoing much of the good the proposals could potentially bring. UNISON head of health […]

Patients face bed shortages because government not delivering on mental health

Patients facing bed shortages and long waits because government not delivering on mental health funding, says UNISON Mental health patients are facing bed shortages, longer waits for treatment and reduced support because of budget cutbacks, according to a new survey published today (Monday) by UNISON. More than four in five (83%) staff working in mental […]

Jobs saved at the Royal Surrey County Hospital following negotiations with UNISON

Seven jobs at risk of redundancy have been saved following negotiations between UNISON and Royal Surrey County Hospital (RSCH). As a result of Government cuts in the NHS and in an effort to reduce its £11.6m deficit, the hospital’s management team approached its non clinical services contractors asking them to save money by making redundancies. […]