Tag Archives: NHS

UNISON – rise in attacks on public service staff is ‘tip of iceberg’

Public services union UNISON Scotland has called on the Scottish Government and all public service employers to take action immediately in order to tackle the “massive scale of the problem of violence against public sector workers”. UNISON’s annual Violence at Work survey published today (Friday 20 October) reveals a further increase in reported assaults on […]

UNISON wins fair pay for ambulance staff in Scotland

UNISON has welcomed the salary re-banding for ambulance paramedics and technicians in Scotland as a positive move for the future of the ambulance service in Scotland. Almost 2,600 clinicians will be moving to higher pay bands with updated job descriptions that better reflect the changing nature of modern technicians and paramedic jobs. UNISON agreed new […]

‘Smash the Cap’, says Dave Prentis

Dave Prentis was in Glasgow today to give his support to the UNISON Scotland’s scrap the cap campaign and to urge everyone who cares about public services to join UNISON’s demostration in Edinburgh on 7 October 2017. Dave visited UNISON’s NHS Glasgow, Clyde and CVS branch at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, where he called again for […]

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 […]

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 […]

Briefing 084 Bargaining – Health and Social Care Delivery Plan – January 2017

KEY POINTS: • A major shift of treatment into community settings is planned • Some services and treatments will be centralised on either a regional or national basis. • A new Public Health Strategy will be developed and mental health services will be mainstreamed across all health services • A new Workforce Plan will be […]

2030 Nursing Vision – UNISON Scotland Nursing Sector Response – Dec 2016

UNISON Scotland Nursing Sector Committee Response to Scottish Government consultation on 2030 Nursing Vision December 2016 Introduction UNISON is the largest union representing workers in the public services across Scotland. We have thousands of members in the health and social care sectors and we represent nurses and other health professionals in the NHS. The UNISON […]

Two finalists from Scotland chosen for the inaugural Our Health Heroes Awards

A healthcare support worker at Paisley’s Royal Alexandra Hospital and a porter supervisor at Glasgow Dental Hospital have been recognised with Our Health Heroes awards. The honours were created by Skills for Health and the National Skills Academy for Health in partnership with UNISON. Stacy Wilson and Paul Deans have been chosen as national finalists […]

e-briefing – NHS Scotland 2016 – Audit Scotland Overview

The key message in this year’s Audit Scotland report is that funding is not keeping pace with increasing demand and the needs of an ageing population. NHS boards are facing an extremely challenging financial position and many had to use short-term measures to break even. On finance, the report says that in 2015/16, the total health budget […]

UNISON response to Audit Scotland report ‘NHS struggling to keep up with rising demand and cost pressures’

UNISON Scotland welcomes Audit Scotland report: ‘NHS struggling to keep up with rising demand and cost pressures’ released on 17 October 2016, calling on all sides of the debate to take specific measures to tackle the problems identified within it. Matt McLaughlin, UNISON health regional organiser said, “There are positives in this report such as […]