UNISON supports nursing students who want to join the pandemic fight

Final year nursing students will be safely supported if they want to join the fight against coronavirus, thanks to UNISON negotiators. The government announced plans last week to allow nursing students to spend the final six months of their course on clinical placement. UNISON quickly surveyed hundreds of students to get their views. Most said […]

GP shortfalls hit hardest in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Research from the TUC has found that Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has the biggest GP shortfall in England. Across the nation, there are nearly 1,000 fewer GPs since 2015, despite the Tories promising to increase numbers by 5,000, meaning there are now 9,325 fewer GPs than needed to safely serve patients. GP surgeries covered by Cambridgeshire […]

East Suffolk and North Essex Hospitals become first to back pledge for healthcare students

The East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust has become the first in the country to sign a UNISON pledge supporting healthcare students on clinical placements. UNISON national nursing officer Stuart Tuckwood and ESNEFT chief executive Nick Hulme signed the pledge at Colchester Hospital on Wednesday. UNISON polling has shown that across the county, […]

NHS workers missing out on family events because of ‘chronic’ understaffing, UNISON research shows

Nearly half of NHS workers in the east of England are missing out on family birthdays and anniversaries because they are unable to leave work on time, UNISON research reveals today. UNISON polled more than 1,200 NHS workers, including both clinical and non-clinical staff, across the east of England* to find out how staff shortages […]

Southend Hospital staff to enjoy same pay and conditions as the rest of the NHS

UNISON welcomes the news that staff at Southend Hospital will now enjoy the same pay and conditions as everyone else in the NHS. Southend University Hospital is the only NHS Trust in the UK outside the national agreement on pay, terms and conditions known as Agenda for Change. The local terms mean staff in Southend […]

Basildon Hospital cleaners celebrate pay victory

Hospital cleaners in Basildon are celebrating today (Thursday) after winning their battle for a pay rise, with the help of their union UNISON. The low-paid domestic staff at Basildon University Hospital had been on the minimum wage after being transferred back into the NHS from private contractor OCS two years ago. But following pressure from UNISON, the […]

Whatever happened to the STPs?

UNISON update on Sustainability and Transformation Plans and Partnerships in the east of England This report by John Lister was commissioned by UNISON to give members and representatives a realistic analysis of the situation in each STP area and to be able to offer a positive but informed response to genuine proposals for partnership and collaboration […]

‘It really is a disgrace’ – Norfolk community health bosses anger union with staff wage cuts

Regional organiser Jeff Keighly recently spoke to the Eastern Daily Press (EDP) about the situation at the Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C). In an article published in today’s edition of the paper Jeff describes the impact that downbanding and pay cuts have had on staff morale and contrasts this with the high salaries paid […]

Support the call for our NHS to be fully funded

Tell the government to end the funding squeeze on our NHS The TUC in partnership with health trade unions and the NHS Support Federation is calling on the chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond to provide a fair and sustainable funding settlement for the NHS as part of his Autumn Statement on 23 November. You can add […]

What’s happening in our NHS?

All the latest on the issues facing the NHS in the region The current edition of Eastern Eye is now being distributed to workplaces across the region. It includes stories on: Underfunding – not overspending – of NHS trusts Pressures being put on HCA’s to plug the gaps in care because of the nursing shortage Opposition to the scrapping […]

Colchester Health celebrates the NHS and UNISON’s One Team campaign

  UNISON members at Colchester Hospital celebrated the recent 68th Birthday of the NHS by celebrating the amazing contribution support staff make to the NHS and how as One Team so much has and can be achieved. Many staff, patients and visitors wanted to show their support for One Team by telling us why support staff mean […]

Louise Fountain tells us why she decided on an apprenticeship in the NHS

I started working at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in May 2015 and am due to finish in May 2016. I had been working in retail, but I was working unsocial hours and I really wanted to find an office job. I saw this position advertised on the NHS jobs page and thought it looked really […]

Public sector pay cap is damaging recruitment and retention says report

A report for UNISON by the Smith Institute shows that the NHS and local councils across the UK are facing a growing staffing crisis as a result of the government’s imposed pay cap. The research was based on a survey of HR directors and managers in NHS trusts and local authorities, involving in-depth interviews concerning […]

Staffing numbers not unsocial hours payments are the real barrier to a seven-day NHS

A recent report has concluded that the cost of unsocial hours allowances is not a barrier to the introduction of a seven-day NHS, despite claims to the contrary by Jeremy Hunt (Secretary of State for Health) and the NHS Employers. The report from the NHS Pay Review Body (PRB) and the Office of Manpower Economics […]

Unsocial hours payments don’t stand in the way of a seven-day NHS, says UNISON

UNISON has welcomed the finding of a report that says the costs of unsocial hours payments to NHS staff working at night and at weekends will not prevent the introduction of a seven-day NHS. Commenting on the report from the NHS Pay Review Body (PRB) and the Office of Manpower Economics on the delivery of […]