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 spoken to hundreds of staff since the bidding process began, and their dedication to doing the best for patients shone throughout.

“But staff are anxious about Virgin Care taking over. Services are already under intense strain because of the government’s failure to invest in social care. Many community health staff are paid a pittance, despite the long hours they put in and their dedicated work.

“Employees need clear recognition from Virgin that a well-run health service means investment in staff. Our priority is an effective public service that values staff, and we will hold Virgin Care to the high standard that the workforce and the local community deserve.”