After a year of COVID, what have we learned?

This week marked a whole year since the country went into lockdown as COVID-19 surged across the UK. In that year, we have seen the government repeatedly mismanage the situation, ignoring the Govt advisory group SAGE warnings until they had no option but to act. Over 126,000 lives have been lost. As the nation fell […]

Health workers win two-year battle against privatisation in Frimley

UNISON members have won the battle to keep their NHS jobs, after threats to transfer workers to a wholly owned subsidiary were made in April 2019

Let’s call the government out on pay with handclap protest

Recruitment pledges must be backed by decent wage rise if NHS is to thrive

Light at the end of a tunnel

As we look forward to brighter days where our lives are no longer dominated by COVID, we will be picking up the pieces for many years to come

Undoing the NHS market a necessary step, but absence of a plan for social care disappointing

Commenting on the publication yesterday (Thursday) of the health and social care white paper, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “Scaling back the damaging internal market that forces the NHS to compete against itself and the private sector can’t happen soon enough. “Eight years ago, the then government was warned its changes wouldn’t work and would […]

A milestone nobody wanted to reach

With over 100,00 deaths due to Covid in the UK, the emotional toll will be far-reaching and long lasting, both for the bereaved and UNISON members working through the pandemic

Divide and rule won’t help the economic recovery, says UNISON 

Chancellor’s plan is austerity plain and simple

Covid vaccine roll-out must not involve private firms

There must be no repeat of test and trace foul-ups

Government breaks pledge to stop low-paid health & care staff paying twice to use the NHS

Boris Johnson promised a lifeline to low-paid workers then callously pulled it away

UNISON NHS workers join in with #OneTeam2K

Health branches across the region took part in two days of campaigning on Thursday and Friday, to ask the government for early action on NHS pay. Branches used social media and took part in socially distanced events to press home the message that health workers deserve much more than applause for their efforts during the […]

NHS workers in the South East call on government to show its appreciation

An early pay rise of at least £2,000 to every NHS worker is needed

Extend free visa scheme to all frontline care and NHS staff, says UNISON

UNISON member Akeem Lawall speaks out about the huge cost for him and his young family as UNISON launches campaign for people to write to their MP over Immigration Bill

Greater clarity needed on plans to scrap immigration health surcharge

Government must remove charge for all healthcare settings

New agreement to ensure NHS staff in England are paid properly for every working hour

Unions agree measures to be applied locally

Teamwork and compassion – meeting the challenges of Covid-19 testing

Agnes Sitjar, is a UNISON Steward at Andover, Basingstoke & Winchester Hospitals branch and is part of the team that was the first in UK hospital’s to develop a live test for Covid-19. Agnes spoke to us about the challenges she has been facing during Covid-19: “As a Specialist Biomedical Scientist in Microbiology in Hampshire […]