Category Archives: Health

UNISON comment on Audit Scotland report ‘Scotland’s NHS needs better workforce planning’

  Matt McLaughlin, UNISON Scotland’s head of health said:  “UNISON members across the NHS in Scotland support many of the findings in this report, there is no doubt that the service needs to significantly up its game when it comes to workforce planning, however many will question the suggestion that spending and staffing levels have increased. We are […]



Survey of NHS interpreters

UNISON’s survey of interpreters working in NHS Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) found that they feel unsupported and at risk when carryout their duties. UNISON is calling for: An urgent review of the service – with trade union involvement An increase in permanently employed interpreters Holiday pay and sick pay for interpreters Travel time between jobs […]



UNISON launch campaign to scrap the 1% pay rise cap on NHS workers

NHS union UNISON have launched a summer of campaign activity calling on the Scottish Government to ‘scrap the cap’ on NHS pay, which will include the union and members lobbying Scottish Government ministers on pay as they carry out their annual round of NHS Board Reviews. The union which represents almost 60,000 workers across NHS […]



Scrap the cap campaign

UNISON have launched a summer of campaign activity calling on the Scottish government to scrap the cap on NHS pay rises, which will include the union and members lobbying Scottish Government Ministers on pay as they carry out their annual round of NHS Board Reviews. UNISON branches and members across Scotland will be using the […]



UNISON Nursing and Midwifery Conference 2017

REGISTER TODAY – September 1, 2017, from 10am-4pm This conference is open to our members across the whole nursing family, including: nurses, midwives, health visitors and healthcare assistants. Together we will consider the key issues currently affecting members and offer an opportunity to debate the future of nursing in Scotland. Speakers include: *  Professor Fiona McQueen, […]



Scottish Government report on NHS staffing – UNISON response

Commenting on today’s (Tuesday) Scottish Government report on NHS staffing, Matt McLaughlin, head of health for UNISON Scotland, said: “UNISON welcomes the publication of the latest NHS Workforce statistics and were not surprised that the government has chosen to focus on the apparent overall increase in NHS workers. The real story, however, lies in the […]



Scottish Labour’s parliamentary motion to end pay cap on NHS staff, UNISON comments 

Scotland’s biggest NHS union, UNISON welcomes today’s debate in the Scottish Parliament on NHS pay, and is calling on all parties to back calls for the Westminster government to drop its austerity pay agenda. Tam Waterson, chair of UNISON Scotland’s health committee said, “UNISON will continue to call for the NHS pay review body ‎to […]



Important information for workers registered with regulatory bodies

Important information for UNISON members who are registered professional members of any of the health and social care professional regulatory bodies listed below. IF YOUR PROFESSIONAL REGULATORY BODY INFORMS YOU OF A COMPLAINT OR ALLEGATION THAT YOUR FITNESS TO PRACTISE IS IMPAIRED PLEASE READ THIS BULLETIN AND… 1. DO NOT DELAY! INFORM YOUR UNISON BRANCH […]



Health and Social Care Workforce Planning

The Scottish Government is consulting about a new approach to workforce planning in health and social care. In UNISON Scotland’s response we highlight the weaknesses in the current fragmented system and the challenges facing the sector in the coming years. We argue for a national workforce framework that includes consistent data collection and a sectoral […]