Tories to blame for Somerset children’s services £14.6 million overspend

Somerset County Council has overshot its budget for children’s services by more than any other council in the country, new figures have revealed. The £14.6 million overspend is £3.5 million more than the next-worst council, Sheffield. Despite the overspend, Somerset children’s services were still rated as “Requires Improvement” by Ofsted in January this year. Many […]

UNISON Get Active awards for Paul and Ewa

Get Active awards for Somerset learning disability service campaigners

Two of Somerset’s campaigners for good services for people with learning disabilities won UNISON Get Active awards. Paul Kitto is UNISON LD convenor and works for Dimensions, the company the Learning Disability Service was outsourced to. He has led the Care not Cost campaign against cuts to services in the county. Paul won the “Eric […]

Unions lead rally to stop the Gloucestershire subco plan

Trade unions will this Wednesday hold a rally to stop the Gloucestershire subco plan to transfer 750 NHS staff into a separate company. Sign up to attend the rally on Facebook Health campaigners will assemble outside a meeting of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS trust governors who are set to discuss the proposals at their meeting that […]

Caroline wins the better safety at work award

Devon NHS worker wins award for better safety at work

An NHS admin worker has won an award for her campaigning for better safety at work across the South West Caroline Emery, a health and safety rep for public service union UNISON, was presented with the award on Friday 26 January 2018 at the annual Get Active event. Caroline is a UNISON member in Torquay, […]

Plymouth branch win regional award

Plymouth branch win regional award

The city’s branch of public service union UNISON has won a regional award for its success in recruiting, training and organising members. Contrary to claims that people have stopped joining unions, membership of Plymouth in UNISON has grown for a number of years. Despite falling numbers of public service staff in the city, the branch […]

Yeovil Hospital in breach of licence

Moving 350 NHS staff into a Trust-owned private company has put Yeovil hospital in breach of licence. In a letter to NHS regulators, UNISON argues the Trust’s decisions must be investigated. Writing to NHS Improvement, UNISON set out Yeovil hospital’s failure to comply with the licencing requirement to have due regard for the NHS Constitution. […]

Victory for NHS campaigners as Southmead privatisation scrapped

Campaigning by NHS staff and trade unions has seen plans for Southmead privatisation scrapped by the hospital board. NHS staff and trade unions have welcomed news from North Bristol Trust ditching plans to outsource hundreds of workers. Over 1800 NBT staff signed a petition coordinated by UNISON against the subsidiary company (subco). Bristol’s four Labour MPs […]

Yeovil hospital staff transfer to private company marred by secrecy and grievance

Today 350 Yeovil hospital staff transfer to private company “Simply Serve” and lose their NHS badges. A group of staff have lodged a collective grievance against the hospital for the way they have handled the transfer to the subco set up by the Trust. In an unprecedented move, Trust bosses have banned a scheduled event […]

Get Active award winners 2018

The Get Active award winners 2018 show the range of great work done by UNISON activists. From fighting privatisation in Somerset’s learning disability service, to getting a fair deal for apprentices, this is what UNISON is about. Every nominee had done something to make workplaces and the community a fairer, safer and more equal place. […]

Time called on NHS subco outsourcing plans after Carillion collapse

The collapse of Carillion shows the risk to workers and service users from outsourcing, public service union UNISON has today told NHS bosses. The union is now calling for plans drawn up by South West health trusts to outsource thousands of staff into “subsidiary companies” (subcos) to be paused and reviewed in light of the […]

Protect staff and suppliers by bringing Swindon Carillion contracts into public ownership

Responding to today’s news that Carillion has gone into liquidation, UNISON South West regional secretary Joanne Kaye said: “Private firms have played pass the parcel with Swindon’s Carillion employees and now the music has stopped. “For health and school staff in the middle of a transfer from Carillion to yet another private firm running our public services, […]

Southmead NHS crisis “absolutely terrible”

Leaked memos from senior hospital management show the scale of the Southmead NHS crisis. The situation at Southmead hospital is replicated across other South West NHS trusts currently on Black Alert. Black alert means a hospital has run out of space or staff and is taking extraordinary measures. This can include diverting emergency patients to […]

What is causing the problems at Royal Cornwall Hospital?

High demand and lack of resources have seen RCHT management declare a Black Alert. UNISON explains why problems at Royal Cornwall Hospital are part of a bigger NHS crisis. We initially responded to these questions in an enquiry from Devon and Cornwall Media. The Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust was placed in special measures two months […]

Yeovil Hospital Simply Serve decision revealed

Public service union UNISON has today revealed the contents of documents showing the Yeovil Hospital Simply Serve decision. The document details the decision made in a closed session of the Hospital Board’s meeting to transfer 360 staff out of the NHS into a subsidiary company. UNISON has also gained a copy of the business case […]

Fate of 350 Yeovil hospital staff to be decided at board meeting

Board members at Yeovil Hospital will this Wednesday vote on the fate of 350 employees set to be transferred into “Simply Serve”. A management plan to set up a subsidiary company would outsource the workers into Simply Serve, a separate organisation. If Board members go along with the plans the workers would lose their NHS […]