Dorset’s STP lets the government off the hook

A plan to let the government off the hook, not to fix our NHS Commenting on the Dorset sustainability and transformation plans, UNISON South West head of health Helen Eccles said: “Yet another set of NHS plans have been published that put health services at risk through over-promising and under-funding.” “The NHS undoubtedly needs to […]

Where is the money for Cornwall’s NHS?

Bold plans, but where is the money? UNISON statement on Cornwall STP Commenting on Sustainability and Transformation Plans released by Cornwall health employers today, UNISON South West head of health Helen Eccles said: “There is a real urgency to deal with the problems facing our NHS; on current forecasts the deficit in Cornwall will to rise to […]

Support staff celebrating at St Luke's school

Dorset stars in our schools celebrated

Three Dorset schools have won prizes in the annual “stars in our schools” awards to celebrate the achievements of their support staff. Support staff in schools across the county created pieces of art to represent the contribution they and their colleagues made to students’ education. Officers from their trade union, UNISON, then delivered hampers of […]

The Chancellor has ignored social care and the NHS will pay the price

Commenting on the complete absence of help in the Autumn Statement for social care or the NHS, UNISON South West regional secretary Joanne Kaye said: “Hopes were raised the Chancellor would find extra cash for social care, and ease the burden on the NHS and local councils struggling to keep a lid on the growing […]

Use £235m of extra business rates to ease South West social care crisis

Use £235m of extra business rates to ease South West social care crisis, UNISON tells Chancellor The government could ease the social care crisis by handing back to councils in the South West millions in surplus cash raised from business rates, according to new figures published today (Wednesday) by UNISON. If local authorities in the […]

Virgincare must prove commitment to public services

Work with us and prove your commitment to public services, UNISON urges Virgin Care Commenting on Bath and North East Somerset Council’s vote to award Virgin Care the community health contract previously held by Sirona, UNISON regional organiser John Drake said: “It’s time to move forward together to build a stronger health service for local people. We’ve […]

Somerset NHS plans must be more than emergency surgery

NHS plans must have time and money to be more than emergency surgery, says UNISON Commenting on Sustainability and Transformation Plans released by Somerset health employers today, UNISON South West head of health Helen Eccles said: “There is a real urgency to deal with the problems facing our NHS; on current forecasts the deficit in […]

Dorset care employees threatened with £2600 pay cut

Care employees threatened with £2600 pay cut by Dorset councils’ company Care staff employed by Dorset company Tricuro are to stage a silent protest outside county council offices in Dorchester later today (Thursday), over plans that could see some employees lose as much as £2600 a year. Tricuro was set up just over a year […]

Stephanie and Jeff, UNISON SW #OurHealthHeroes South West finalists

South West Health Heroes revealed

  Two health workers in the South West have been recognised with an Our Health Heroes award The honours have been created by Skills for Health and the National Skills Academy for Health in partnership with UNISON. Clinical apprentice at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital Stephanie Crump has been chosen as a national finalist […]

UNISON organises running a stall at Musgrove Hospital

UNISON recognises Health Heroes!

On Monday 12 September, UNISON organisers visited Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton to promote the Our Health Heroes awards. UNISON cupcakes were delivered to hard working staff around the hospital and a stall set up on the concourse to talk to members of the public. Our Health Heroes, launched by UNISON, in partnership with Skills for […]

UNISON members rally outside Thornbury library

Stop the South Glos library cuts!

30% of library staff in South Gloucestershire could be sacked under Tory Councillors’ plans to hit the local service, despite the council’s own consultation showing most public support for stopping library cuts. With £650k of cuts planned over the next three years, the library service will see its budget (£2.6m) fall by more than one […]

Bristol budget chaos shows Mayor must be honest with residents

Bristol budget chaos shows Mayor must be honest with residents, says UNISON The deeper than expected hole in Bristol City Council’s budget means a different approach is needed if public services in the city are to survive, UNISON has said. Over £100 million of cuts – 25% of the budget – could leave the Council […]

Preferred provider status for Virgin Care leaves questions to be answered

Health staff have little faith in Virgin Care’s ability to deliver a public service in Bath & North East Somerset despite the private corporation’s newly awarded status as “preferred provider”. UNISON is pledging to fight every step of the way to ensure no aspect of Virgin Care’s bid goes unscrutinised in the remaining three months of […]

Save Our Services! New toolkit for campaigners

Despite a new Prime Minister, the Tories show little sign of fairer funding for public services. So it’s more important that ever that UNISON members, and everyone else who care about high quality public services, have the right tools to make the case for proper investment in the services our communities need. Get the Save […]

£1 million at risk as Devon contractor reneges on deal

£1 million of taxpayers’ money at risk as contractor Optum reneges on agreement UNISON is calling upon Devon County Council to save £1m of tax payers’ money as a dispute escalates due to failings within the Council’s procurement process. At a time when Devon NHS Services face a £402m black hole by 2020 an unnecessary […]