Job losses and ward closures planned across Essex hospitals

Hospital bosses want to let 150 staff go and mothball 150 beds across Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust (MSEFT), UNISON has warned today. ​The trust plans to launch a voluntary severance scheme* next week to cut the 150 ‘non-frontline clinical’ posts.​ In a meeting with union reps this week, trust leaders were not […]

‘Ripped off’ Essex healthcare support staff deserve fair pay

Healthcare support staff are handing in more than 400 open letters to the Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust (MSEFT) board today asking for fair pay for the clinical duties they undertake, says UNISON. A delegation of healthcare assistants, maternity support workers, theatre assistants and other clinical support staff are to present the letters […]

Public must speak out against ‘damaging’ cuts to NHS prescription service

Members of the public should make their voices heard over “damaging” cuts to the NHS Prescription Ordering Direct (POD) service in Norfolk and Waveney, UNISON says today. Residents are being urged to take part in a public engagement launched this week over plans to withdraw the service. POD provides a dedicated telephone service for patients […]

Outsourced Ipswich NHS staff plan protest over poverty wages

Cleaners and caterers at an NHS mental health unit in Ipswich will stage a protest on Thursday over the “poverty wages” paid by contractor G4S, UNISON announces today. Most G4S staff at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) are only paid the minimum wage of £10.42 an hour — £1 an hour less than […]

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West Suffolk Hospital workers to rally against new parking charges

West Suffolk Hospital workers are planning to hold a protest this week against the reintroduction of staff parking charges, UNISON has announced today. Staff have not had to pay for parking since the start of the pandemic, but the trust wants to bring in charges at a flat rate of £2 a day from 1 […]

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UNISON health workers vote to accept NHS pay offer

NHS workers who belong to UNISON have voted decisively to accept the pay offer from the government, says the union today. The consultation of 288,000 NHS workers across England closed at 3pm this afternoon. Almost three quarters (74%) voted to accept the offer, and 26% to reject. Turnout in the consultation exercise was 53%, with […]

NHS strikes paused after new pay offer

Planned East of England strikes for 20 March have been put on pause after the government made a new offer in the long-running dispute over NHS pay. After two weeks of frantic negotiations, ministers have offered an additional one-off lump sum for 2022/23 that rises in value up the NHS pay bands. This is worth […]

UNISON to suspend strike to enter NHS pay talks with government

The strike planned for next Wednesday involving thousands of East of England Ambulance Service staff and other NHS workers has been suspended to allow UNISON to enter pay talks with the government, the union said today. Following a meeting of its health committee this afternoon, UNISON announced it was suspending the action scheduled for 8 […]

Strikes across the NHS edge closer as latest industrial action ballot begins

Around 350,000 NHS employees, working for more than 250 health trusts and boards across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, are being asked to vote for strike action over pay this winter from today, says UNISON. Porters, nurses, security guards, paramedics, cleaners, midwives, occupational therapists and other NHS staff across the rest of the UK join […]

People hold placards protesting against parking charges at Broomfield Hospital

Essex hospital staff celebrate parking victory

Hospital workers in Essex are celebrating after health bosses promised to keep staff parking free for several more months. Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust had wanted to reintroduce staff parking charges — suspended during the pandemic — from 1 August but has now told UNISON it will put the brakes on its plans […]

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West Suffolk Hospital’s plan to cut staff benefits is ‘kicking NHS workers while they’re down’

Cutting staff benefits at West Suffolk Hospital is “kicking health workers while they’re down,” UNISON says today. The West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust board voted today on a package of cuts to staff conditions, including reintroducing parking charges from March. It comes just days after the government announced a real-terms pay cut for more than […]

Mid and South Essex hospitals hit staff with parking charge pay cut

Thousands of Essex health staff face an effective pay cut as hospitals bosses plan to reintroduce parking charges, UNISON warns today. Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust (MSEFT), which runs Broomfield, Basildon and Southend hospitals, has told UNISON officials it wants to reintroduce staff parking charges from 1 August. Charges were scrapped during the […]

Senior paramedic lays bare the pressures ambulance staff face

With ambulance staff facing an unprecedented crisis, EEAS UNISON branch chair Glenn Carrington was invited on to the BBC’s PM programme to explain how workers are coping. "It's terrible. We're on our knees, it's absolutely terrible." Listen to @UnisonEEAS chair Glenn explain what's happening to the ambulance service on the PM programme. pic.twitter.com/HrCrgwbyXI — UNISON […]

A group of health workers outside Colchester Hospital with signs saying Put NHS Pay Right

NHS staff protest outside Colchester Hospital on day they should have received a pay rise

NHS staff from across the East of England are protesting outside Colchester Hospital today on the day that NHS staff should have received a pay rise. Government delays mean that nurses, porters, healthcare assistants and other NHS employees in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will not get a wage increase until May at the earliest. […]

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East of England Ambulance Service signs up to anti-racism pledge

The East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) is the first NHS Trust to have signed up to UNISON’s new Anti-Racism Charter which aims to help tackle racism in the public sector. The charter commits organisations and their leaders to a raft of pledges designed to prevent all forms of conscious or unconscious racial bias. This […]