More than half NHS and social care staff in London considering quitting over pandemic impact, says UNISON survey 

Wednesday 31 March 2021 For immediate release More than half NHS and social care staff in London considering quitting over pandemic impact, says UNISON survey NHS and social care staff in London have revealed that they feel let down by the government and unable to cope with work-related stress, according to a survey published today (Wednesday) by UNISON. The findings are based on responses from over […]

Give all NHS staff a wage rise immediately of at least £2k, says UNISON

Staff deserve immediate wage lift from government A pay claim submitted by UNISON to the government today (Friday) would see every NHS employee receive an increase of at least £2,000 by the end of this year. UNISON – which is the UK’s biggest union and represents NHS staff including healthcare assistants, radiographers, porters, midwives and paramedics – says this rise is […]

Health unions call on Matt Hancock to recognise student contribution and abolish tuition fees

Current students should also have fees reimbursed Four leading unions have called on the Health Secretary to recognise the significant contribution by – and disruption to – nursing, midwifery and allied healthcare students during the current crisis by abolishing tuition fees and reimbursing those already paid. The Royal College of Midwives, the Royal College of […]

International Nurses Day 2020

Next week, the union will be celebrating the work that nurses, midwives and nursing associates do every day to help the people of the UK and we need your help. Nurses and midwives make a very real and vital contribution to the health of our nation and now more than ever it’s important to celebrate! […]

Care home death figures are shameful, says UNISON

Wednesday 29 April 2020 For immediate release  Responding to new figures released today (Wednesday) that show a steep rise in coronavirus deaths due to the inclusion of those in care homes, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Care workers have been crying out for essential safety equipment, clear guidance and widespread virus testing for weeks. The […]

Recognition for care is welcome but government needs to deliver on PPE, says UNISON

Raising status must be backed by better pay Commenting on the health secretary Matt Hancock’s announcements at the Downing Street briefing today (Wednesday) about care workers, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:“It’s right that the care, compassion and selflessness of care workers should be given proper recognition. They’re putting their lives on the line. “But for all the […]

There for all our members in this current time

A message for Branch Secretaries Dear Branch Secretary   There for You is UNISON’s welfare charity that helps members who experience hard times. In the current coronavirus crisis, that’s pretty much everyone. There for You is helping more and more members who find that their limited income has been hit by the crisis:- ·  Some are […]

New PPE guidance for NHS teams

The UK Government and NHS leaders from a range of medical and nursing royal colleges have published new guidance about personal protective equipment (PPE) for NHS teams who are likely to come into contact with patients with coronavirus. The guidance has been agreed by the four Chief Medical Officers, Chief Nursing Officers and Chief Dental […]

Care workers put at risk by lack of face masks and basic safety kit, says UNISON

Coordinated response needed to protect anxious staff  Social care workers across the country are at breaking point with many being given just plastic aprons and gloves to protect against coronavirus as they support the vulnerable and elderly, says UNISON today (Tuesday).   Care workers say some managers are either refusing to issue face masks or […]

Show support for amazing NHS staff risking their lives on front line, says UNISON

Everyone across the country is being urged to join a mass round of applause later today (Thursday) for NHS and care staff in a campaign backed by UNISON.   UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The Clap for Our Carers initiative is a chance to thank all employees who are working around the clock to treat people affected […]