NHSE reviewing patient transport contracting after string of failures

NHS England has ordered a review into the cost of patient transport services and the way they are commissioned, following a string of market failures. Simon Stevens last week told the Healthwatch annual conference in Birmingham that the probe, expected to last a year, would act on concerns raised by patients. Clinical commissioning groups commission the bulk of non-emergency patient transport, with trusts sometimes organising extra capacity. However, many CCGs…

NHS Pension Scheme

NHS Pension Scheme – Age discrimination judgement A legal case taken by the firefighters and judges has found that the transitional protections introduced as part of the 2015 changes to their respective pension schemes were discriminatory based on age. There is a likely read across of this judgement to the other public sector pension schemes, which includes the NHS Pension Scheme, that have similar protection arrangements. In the NHS if…

Peter Hannell

National Labour Link Committee

Election of Greater London Regional Seat Why we nominated our branch rep Pete Hannell in UNISON London Labour Link elections: Pete is a longstanding trade union activist and defender of the NHS. He has helped 100’s of branch members over the years. We want more rank and file union members such as Pete representing UNISON at the highest levels of the Labour Party. He is committed to fight for increased…

Young Members Officer

Your young members’ officer is there to work with other branch officers, and to act as an organiser, recruiting and encouraging participation by young workers. They will also play a big part in setting up activities with the branch on issues relevant to young workers. UNISON has around 63,000 young members. If you are a UNISON member and under 27 years of age, you are automatically entitled to participate as…

We need a maximum safe working temperature

UNISON backs Labour plans to legislate on excessive heat in the workplace UNISON has welcomed Labour’s pledge to legislate for a maximum safe working temperature, with legal safeguards to help workers stay cool. The party revealed plans today for changes to law recruiting employer to put effective measures in place if the workplace temperature gets above 30˚ Celsius – or 27˚C for those doing strenuous work. Those measures could include…

Offers for UNISON members

We want to say thank you to our existing members as we Go for Growth – and welcome the new recruits who sign up this month. So once more, we’ve negotiated some time-limited special offers that’ll get you money off, just for being a UNISON member. These will run throughout May and include money-saving offers on holidays, days out, eye care and savings. Click here to visit our offers page…

UNISON response to the introduction of National ambulance vehicle specification for English NHS ambulance trusts

On 1 April 2019, NHS Improvement introduced new national ambulance vehicle specifications and all new ambulances purchased need to be in line with these. More information on the specifications can be found here. UNISON recognises that there is too much variation between ambulance vehicles in the English ambulance services and a more joined up approach would be beneficial to the NHS. However, we are concerned that as part of the…

UNISON National Executive Council Elections – Your Voice Your Vote

It’s time to choose who speaks for you on UNISON’s national executive council. You’re hard at work keeping our vital public services running, and leading busy lives with your family and friends. So, now’s your chance to elect the people who’ll speak up on your behalf over the next two years. Our branch has nominated: Eddie Brand Cynthia Adjei Joann Marren What’s the election for? All seats are up for…

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