Unison demands a limit on private sector use in the NHS

Nurses' union Unison is calling for an absolute limit on the use of the private sector in the NHS to be enshrined in the new NHS constitution.

In its submission to the DoH, the union is calling for the overwhelming majority of services to be retained in-house and delivered by staff directly employed by the NHS.

Unison welcomes the idea of a constitution protecting the core values of the NHS, based on clinical need rather than ability to pay and funded through national taxation.

The union also flagged up the need for safe staffing levels and to have a level playing field with all providers of NHS services covered by the same standards, tackling violence and staff rights.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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