We can’t let no-deal Brexit wreck our NHS

Parliament has spoken out loudly and clearly against a disastrous no-deal Brexit, yet Boris Johnson and his government still appear determined to crash the UK out of the EU without a deal. The uncertainty and chaos of a no-deal Brexit could push an already under pressure NHS over the edge with patients the biggest losers, […]

System of second class NHS workers must end

Private companies employing tens of thousands of staff in the NHS across England are coming under pressure to give their employees a wage rise as UNISON’s campaign for fair pay in the health service escalates. Workers at contracting giants – including Compass Medirest, Serco, Mitie and ISS – are today (Tuesday) calling on company chief executives […]

Don’t forget to have your say on NHS Pay

Across the south east, branches are reminding members to vote in the ongoing NHS pay consultation. At the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, organisers have been leafleting morning shift changes, giving out around 500 leaflets to staff between 7.30 and 9am. These flyers also advertised a drop in session, so that members who weren’t able […]

UNISON slams East Kent University Hospital Trust over back door privatisation plans

UNISON is today (Tuesday) calling on the chief executive of East Kent University Hospital Trust to halt plans that would see hundreds of porters and cleaners outsourced to a new arms-length private company. The Trust’s board plans to transfer all 1,110 support service staff to a new wholly owned subsidiary company but have not consulted […]

Our NHS at 70 – time to celebrate and defend

Birthdays are special. This year the NHS is 70 years old and we think that’s something worth celebrating. We are celebrating the anniversary of the creation of the NHS, the single most loved organisation in the UK and the envy of nations around the world. We are also celebrating the staff who work for the […]

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 […]

The Big NHS Birthday Bash!

The NHS is 69 years old this week, but with a number of threats – budget cuts, increasing numbers of clinical vacancies, and privatisation – the NHS as we know it is in danger of not making it to 70. By far the biggest threat to our NHS are Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs). Find […]

NHS Sites For Sale In Your Area

The government has announced that it intends to implement the provisions of the Naylor Report.  This was commissioned by Jeremy Hunt to look into NHS Property and Estates and means the next stage of the great NHS Sell Off will result in the sale of the actual bricks and mortar of our NHS. The Report […]

UNISON responds to Labour’s pledge for NHS staff

Responding to Labour’s NHS election pledge, to be announced by shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth today 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. Yet they’re struggling to get by on below-inflation wages. “Lifting 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. […]

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 […]

NHS reforms will fail without more money and staff involvement

New NHS plans for health and care services are doomed unless the government invests more cash and listens to staff and patients, says UNISON. The details of nearly all 44 NHS sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) have now been published. But the government and NHS England have failed to consult properly with the public and […]