National Uniform

The National Healthcare Uniform Project is a proposal put forward by NHS Supply Chain: Hotel Services to introduce a nationally standardised uniform across the NHS in England. We would encourage you to complete the survey and ensure ambulance service members views are represented. The proposal states that a national uniform will offer a strong national […]

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Long COVID: ‘It’s frightening not knowing where this will end up’

Long COVID is having a devastating effect on the lives of many UNISON members. Assistant equality officer Haifa Rashed reports on how the union is responding Samantha Ellingham works on a surgical ward in a hospital. She contracted COVID-19 at work in April 2020 and has been on sick leave ever since. “Throughout the months […]

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Government responses to McCloud pension consultation and Pension Age Survey

The Government has published its response after seeking views on the proposed remedy option for correcting the unlawful discrimination determined in the Court of Appeal’s McCloud judgment. In line with UNISON’s recommendation, it has been confirmed that Deferred Choice Underpin (DCU) will be the remedy option for the NHS Pension Schemes covering England and Wales, […]

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One per cent pay rise “is the worst kind of insult”

The public will be horrified. NHS staff will think it’s some kind of joke Commenting on the publication today (Thursday) of the Department of Health and Social Care paper on workforce funding and pay – recommending a 1% pay rise for NHS staff in England – UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “No wonder the chancellor […]

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Thank NHS staff with proper pay rise, say health unions

Celebrities back call for wage increase Football pundit Gary Lineker, comedian Jo Brand and Hollywood star David Oyelowo are among celebrities backing a fair pay campaign launched today (Monday) by health unions. To mark International Thank You Day, the 14 unions are urging the public to use social media to champion the vital work of […]

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Londoners should exercise ‘common sense’ when dialling 999, says UNISON

London ambulance workers are concerned the service faces breaking point amid increasing 999 calls and numbers of staff hit by ​Covid, says UNISON today (​Friday). The London Ambulance Service (LAS) is now urging the public to ring 999 only for life-threatening emergencies, says UNISON, which represents paramedics and call handlers. The numbers ​of people dialling for help have reached 8,000 during a 24-hour period, compared with 5,500 normally. Hundreds […]

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UNISON survey on greening the NHS

We are currently conducting a short survey of members and branches to find out your views on what UNISON can do to address another urgent issue, the climate emergency. Covid-19 has given us an opportunity to take stock and reassess how you as staff working in the NHS can do things differently. This includes changes […]

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