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Why I say no to the Trade Union Bill
Public sector pay, 7 January 2014
by Frank Keogh, regional officer, West Midlands
by Frank Keogh, regional officer, West Midlands
by Frank Keogh, regional officer, West Midlands

I’ve just finished reading the mental health task force report ‘The five year forward view for mental health’ which was launched this morning (15/02/2016). At 82 pages long it’s not too bad on the eyes, for example much more accessible than the 268 pages in NICE’s ‘safe staffing for nursing in inpatient mental health settings’

By Dave Munday, professional officer. Click here for the full story.

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The demise of the steel industry and the NHS, a comparison, 1 December 2015 - See more at: http://stagingui.unite.awsripple.com/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/healthsector/healthsectorcomment/default.aspx#sthash.end38ylZ.dpuf

. I went to the Save our Steel rally in Sheffield with the intention of showing solidarity on behalf of the 100,000 Unite Health Sector members, but I feel justified in saying that all health workers would have given their support.

By Ian Evans, Health NISC, South East RISC, Healthcare Science OPC. Click here for the full story.

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Former Unite head of health and newly elected York Central MP Rachael Maskell gives her maiden speech on the fight for the NHS in York and across the UK.  Click here for speech transcript - See more at: http://stagingui.unite.awsripple.com/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/healthsector/healthsectorcomment/default.aspx#sthash.CSqvUYBy.dpuf
Former Unite head of health and newly elected York Central MP Rachael Maskell gives her maiden speech on the fight for the NHS in York and across the UK.  Click here for speech transcript - See more at: http://stagingui.unite.awsripple.com/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/healthsector/healthsectorcomment/default.aspx#sthash.CSqvUYBy.dpuf

Former Unite head of health and newly elected York Central MP Rachael Maskell gives her maiden speech on the fight for the NHS in York and across the UK. Click here for the speech transcript

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Ian Evans, HCS NOPC writes his first blog. Click here for the full story

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Former Unite head of health and newly elected York Central MP Rachael Maskell gives her maiden speech on the fight for the NHS in York and across the UK.  Click here for speech transcript - See more at: http://stagingui.unite.awsripple.com/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/healthsector/healthsectorcomment/default.aspx#sthash.CSqvUYBy.dpuf
Former Unite head of health and newly elected York Central MP Rachael Maskell gives her maiden speech on the fight for the NHS in York and across the UK.  Click here for speech transcript - See more at: http://stagingui.unite.awsripple.com/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/healthsector/healthsectorcomment/default.aspx#sthash.CSqvUYBy.dpuf

Former Unite head of health and newly elected York Central MP Rachael Maskell gives her maiden speech on the fight for the NHS in York and across the UK. Click here for the speech transcript

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Ian Evans, HCS NOPC writes his first blog. Click here for the full story

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This Tory Government, the new workers party, what a pathetic joke that is by the way, want to restrict our ability to protect our member's pay, pensions and terms and conditions at work, limit our ability to strike and restrict our ability to campaign on the issues which matter to our communities. 

By Frank Keogh, regional officer, West Midlands. Click here for the full story.

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This Tory Government, the new workers party, what a pathetic joke that is by the way, want to restrict our ability to protect our member's pay, pensions and terms and conditions at work, limit our ability to strike and restrict our ability to campaign on the issues which matter to our communities. 

By Frank Keogh, regional officer, West Midlands. Click here for the full story.

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This Tory Government, the new workers party, what a pathetic joke that is by the way, want to restrict our ability to protect our member's pay, pensions and terms and conditions at work, limit our ability to strike and restrict our ability to campaign on the issues which matter to our communities.

By Frank Keogh, regional officer, West Midlands. Click here for the full story.

Ian Evans, Health NISC, South East RISC, Healthcare Science OPC writes his first blog. Click here for the full story

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Former Unite head of health and newly elected York Central MP Rachael Maskell gives her maiden speech on the fight for the NHS in York and across the UK.  Click here for speech transcript - See more at: http://stagingui.unite.awsripple.com/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/healthsector/healthsectorcomment/default.aspx#sthash.CSqvUYBy.dpuf
Former Unite head of health and newly elected York Central MP Rachael Maskell gives her maiden speech on the fight for the NHS in York and across the UK.  Click here for speech transcript - See more at: http://stagingui.unite.awsripple.com/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/healthsector/healthsectorcomment/default.aspx#sthash.CSqvUYBy.dpuf

Former Unite head of health and newly elected York Central MP Rachael Maskell gives her maiden speech on the fight for the NHS in York and across the UK. Click here for the speech transcript
 

Staff, no matter if they test our blood, fault find on a ventilator, get people back on their feet or support the beginnings or ends of life, weave seamlessly in and out of each others’ skill sets to create a service that is focused on doing the best it possibly can for you. Click here for the full story.


By Obi Amadi Unite Lead Professional Officer

As the discussion about female genital mutilation (FGM) has moved to the top of the political agenda, we are finally beginning to actively tackle this issue to protect women and children. 

But there is still work to be done to eradicate this practice. 

Health professionals play a vital role in communicating with women and children and protecting them from the lasting harm that FGM causes. But with 66,000 women in England and Wales estimated to have undergone FGM, it is clear that health professionals can do more to help protect women and girls. 

The current training and education for health professionals is neither effective nor relevant. It has to change – and it will. 

We are moving forward in a positive way. 2014 saw the first ever announcement of an impending prosecution over FGM in the UK.

New rules are coming in to ensure that NHS hospitals report if a patient has undergone FGM, if there is a family history of the practice and if any FGM-related procedure has been carried out. There will be sanctions for healthcare professionals who fail to report and document cases. 

We are going to continue to address this very serious issue in an effective way so that we can protect the 24,000 girls under 15 who are estimated to be at risk.

With the recent focus on FGM in public debate and the media, this is a very exciting time. Of course it will be a challenge to eradicate this awful practice, but with the right training and support health professionals will be much better equipped to do their jobs and stop failing women and children.

By Obi Amadi Unite Lead Professional Officer

Since the austerity measures were brought in by the coalition government, a University of Worcester study shows that 40% of domestic violence organisations have lost staff and 38% have lost funding. Shelters have been forced to close across the country, for example in Gloucestershire, Cheshire, Dorset, Somerset, Leeds and Leicestershire. 

This is a sad indictment of this government’s attitude to the safety of women and children fleeing domestic violence, and a demonstration yet again that David Cameron has a problem with women.

It would be a tragic shame if we went back to how it was 40 years ago when it was even harder for women and children to escape domestic violence and find safety. 

But domestic violence shelters are being forced to close across the country due to lack of funding. The Liberal Democrat crime prevention minister Norman Baker has said that fundraising for domestic violence shelters are a matter for local councils – but with severe council budget cuts and cuts to charity funding it is becoming harder and harder to keep these vital shelters running. 

‘Bespoke’ refuges are the most high-risk, as larger shelters are more likely to have the income to stay open. Sheffield’s Ashiana refuge for black and ethnic minority women victims has been shut down after 30 years, as well as the refuge for south Asian and minority ethnic women in Nottingham. Exeter had a refuge for 38 women but it has now been closed, leaving no similar service in Exeter, East or Mid Devon. 

Women die as a result of domestic violence – on average two women a week are killed by a husband, partner or former partner. 

Refuges safe lives. They also offer a long-term support network for the 25% of women who suffer domestic violence during their lifetime.

If these vital refuges and shelters continue to close down, women victims will be left with a grim choice – stay in a dangerous home and suffer abuse or flee and live on the streets. What are we as a society if we allow this to happen?  


The proposed NMC fee rise of 20% is inappropriate, will cause increased financial hardship to already struggling hard working professionals and is opposed by 98% of our NMC registered members.

A survey undertaken with our NMC registered members highlights their strength of feeling against yet another fee hike! Since the last 58% increase in fees, their terms and conditions have been eroded still further with little or no pay rise, increased pension contributions, reductions in unsocial hours payments, down banding and the amount they have to pay to work has increased They are angry that government failed to implement the Law Commission recommendations that potentially would have reduced the cost of their regulation, and consider that government should therefore provide the additional funding required by the NMC. The NMC have stated that the increase is required in part to maintain their financial reserves in line with their policy of these being between £10 and £25 million. The reserves in June were £9.8 million, £2.2 million more than the restated budget due to lower expenditure and just short of the minimum required. With further measures still to be implemented in the fitness to practise processes that will positively impact on costs and a continuation of an efficiency programme that is clearly achieving results, we would suggest an increase in fees is premature and urge the NMC to press pause!

Talks via the mediation service Acas have resulted in a negotiated settlement to the long-running dispute between Northampton General Hospital and 55 pathology workers.  The deal was accepted by the pathology staff at a meeting convened by their union, Unite, on 23 July. The new agreement will see changes to the pathology staff contracts effective from March 2015. Acceptance of the new terms will see the workforce will return to work on Monday 28 July 2014. Neither party will be commenting further on the details as the focus now is to secure a swift return to normal working at the hospital. Click here for more information on the dispute.


78 biomedical scientists working for Northampton General Hospital found their access to work denied on Thursday 26 June in a bitter row over the trust’s sign or be sacked ultimatum – a first time in living memory for the NHS.  Sign the petition to get Northampton General Hospital’s biomedical scientists back to work.  .Click here for the full story.


Health Minister, Dan Poulter’s immediate dismissal of the independent report the ‘NHS at the Crossroads’ , a landmark report into the state of the NHS in London, highlights how the lessons of Mid Staffs are not being learnt by the government. Click here for the full story.


The government has seen the NHS as easy picking for cutting pay from its 1.4m workforce. It has made a calculation that NHS workers, predominantly women, and all dedicated to their patients (although they fail to say that bit), will bear the sacrifice for another year or two, moan, but then get on with their work. Click here for the full story.


With an 11% pay increase awaiting the secretary of state after the general election, not to mention the £17m made from the sale of his private business, some have never had it so good. After all over 400 senior managers now earn over £1/4m out of the NHS each year, and over 7,200 earn more than £100k. Click here for the full story.


How do you get around a humiliating defeat in the law courts? Well if you’re Jeremy Hunt, secretary of state for health, you change the law, or more precisely you attempt to sneak through a hastily drafted clause, hide it in bill that it has no business being in, all without any public consultation whatsoever. Click here for the full story.


When clinicians who have been through years of training and have marked up decades of clinical practice put the words ‘risk’ and ‘patient safety’ together, politicians have to listen. Click here for the full story.


I commenced working in criminal justice liaison in the 90’s after many reports and circulars highlighting the plight of those with mental health problems within the criminal justice system, from police stations through to prison discharge. Click here for the full story.


Emergency crews at Keighley, who serve a population of  about 100,000 were recently given four days to accept revised rotas from management which they believe will be unsafe for patients, as well as unworkable and unhealthy for staff to maintain a decent family life outside of work. Click here for the full story.


Unite assistant general secretary for public services, Gail Cartmail comments on public sector pay. Click here for the full story.


As the nations continue to reflect on the legacy of Nelson Mandela, the UK government have decided to introduce segregation into our NHS. Click here for the full story.