Create colourful window displays to support NHS staff on pay rise due date

Families and individuals across the east of England are being urged by health unions to create colourful window displays in their homes and workplaces today to show support for NHS staff on the day they should have been getting a pay rise. Artworks designed by children’s illustrators and writers are part of a growing collection […]

Covid inquiry needed to ​learn pandemic lessons and prevent ​future frontline worker ​deaths, says UNISON

There must be a full public inquiry into the government​’s handling of the Covid crisis as soon as the worst of the pandemic is over​, says UNISON today on the anniversary of the first lockdown. ​The union​ – which represents ​1.3m NHS, care and ​other public service workers, including porters, midwives and refuse collectors – […]

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

Paying staff properly is a vital part of building the NHS for the future, says UNISON as it calls on the public to protest ​this evening about the government’s “pitiful” wage offer. Plans to recruit more staff are not enough to protect the health system and will only have an effect if experienced staff are […]

Norfolk and Norwich Hospital chiefs must act after staff survey reveals mass discontent

The NHS Staff Survey was published today, putting the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital bottom of the league for quality or care and revealing huge levels of staff disengagement. UNISON Norfolk & Norwich Acute Hospitals branch secretary Andy Campling said:

“This survey must act as a wake-up call across the trust. Staff have spoken in huge numbers – the […]

Multibillion-pound pharmaceutical firm snatches Essex workers’ sick pay, says UNISON

Lloyds Pharmacy Clinical Homecare has launched an attack on its staff’s sick pay, overtime rates and other conditions, UNISON reveals today. Hundreds of staff at the firm’s warehouses and offices in Harlow and Derby face losing overtime rates and a move to a six-day working week, which could leave some of them around £2,000 a […]

Public want NHS staff to get early and significant pay rise, polls shows

A majority of the public (69%) think all NHS staff should get an early pay rise before the end of this year, according to a UNISON/Savanta ComRes poll published today. The findings also highlight how two-thirds (66%) believe a wage increase for employees — including healthcare assistants, nurses, hospital porters, midwives, paramedics and cleaners — should be significant in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. […]

Apprenticeship restrictions mean millions of pounds of Eastern NHS funds going to waste, says UNISON

More than £17m is lying unused by cash-strapped health trusts in the east of England because of restrictions in the government’s apprenticeship levy scheme, says UNISON today. New figures based on freedom of information (FoI) requests by the union, reveal three quarters (75%) of the money hasn’t been used, with funds now starting to be clawed back […]

Cuts threaten to close vital NHS service preventing unnecessary hospital stays

Cambridgeshire health chiefs are threatening to shut down a vital service preventing thousands of over-65s going to hospital unnecessarily, UNISON warns today. The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), responsible for planning and commissioning local NHS services, is planning £33 million of cuts next year to plug part of its £192m government funding deficit. […]

Colchester and Ipswich unions make plans for their hospitals’ future

UNISON hosts a meeting of trade union representatives and activists from Colchester and Ipswich Hospitals The decision by the two NHS Trusts running hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich to look at collaborative working means that the trade unions respresenting staff need to be ready to respond to the coming challanges. On 3 November UNISON branch secretaries […]