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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 […]

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 […]

UNISON Scotland launches mobile phone app to improve patient care

UNISON Scotland has today (Tuesday) launched an app for nurses so they can use their phone or tablet to register concerns about patient care in Scotland’s hospitals. The app – Duty of Care – allows nurses to register their concerns about patient care directly with NHS employers, highlighting issues such as: reduced staffing levels; lack […]

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 […]

Response on Public Petition PE1605 – Whistleblowing in the NHS

Response on Public Petition PE1605 – Whistleblowing in the NHS Public Petition PE1605, submitted in March 2016, is entitled ‘Independent national whistleblower hotline for NHS Scotland’. The petition: Calls on the Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to establish an independent national whistleblower hotline for NHS staff to replace the current helpline. It would differ in […]

UNISON Scotland Duty of Care App

Staffing levels? Patient safety? Other clinical issues? It’s your duty to report it! You can now download UNISON Scotland’s FREE Duty of Care app for Android phones and tablets iPhones and iPads       THE DUTY OF CARE UNISON recognises that nursing staff are, at times, working under extreme situations. Despite securing significant investment in […]

Health in UNISON Skills Charter

Our Health Committee is calling on the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland employers to develop a “Skills Charter” which would see significant investment in support workers across the NHS. The call was made as we launched our own ‘Health in UNISON, Skills Charter’ We welcome the commitment shown by the employers and the Scottish Government to remove […]

UNISON comment on First Minister’s legal pledge for minimum staffing levels in Scotland’s NHS

Matt McLaughlin, UNISON Scotland’s head of health, said: “UNISON is Scotland’s largest health union and, while a commitment to safe staffing levels should be commended, there is much to do before we can actively welcome it. “The government’s workforce tools do a job, but they are neither robust enough nor intuitive enough to ensure that […]