NHS crisis deepens

Thousands more NHS workers across London, Merseyside and Manchester have begun balloting for strike action, Unite, which represents some 100,000 NHS workers, said on Friday (November 25). Unite said its healthcare members are warning the NHS is on ‘life support’ and that without serious investment to stem the recruitment and retention crisis and save failing […]

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NHS Scotland plans to make wealthy pay ‘sickening’

Discussions between NHS leaders in Scotland on abandoning the health service’s founding principles by having wealthy patients pay for treatment are ‘sickening’, Unite said on Monday (November 21). The discussions, revealed by the BBC, were recorded in draft minutes of a meeting held by NHS Scotland health board chief executives in September. Unite general secretary […]

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Government letter indicates 2% NHS pay offer ‘likely’

A recent letter from Steve Barclay, secretary of state for health and social care, to the NHS Pay Review Body (NHSPRB), gives the strongest indication yet that NHS staff will be offered a two per cent pay rise for 2023. The letter, dated 16 November, states that ‘in the current economic context, it is particularly […]

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Ambulance workers in England in strike vote

Strike ballots for nearly 3,000 ambulance workers in England open today (October 26) and closes November 30. The workers, including paramedics and emergency call handlers, are angry over the four per cent NHS Agenda for Change pay award. The award falls well short of the real rate of inflation, RPI, which stands at 12.6 per […]

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