Unison launches five-point plan for nursing

Unison is asking nurses to sign up to a five-point plan with a 'safety before shortcuts' message.

The points are:

  • No compulsory redundancies.
  • Planning to ensure that there are enough qualified staff to meet future patient demand - based on patient need, not cost cutting measures.
  • Education and training opportunities for the current workforce, to advance their own practice.
  • Built-in training and support to ensure that nurse training is available to the widest range of people and that there is a well-developed career pathway and equality of opportunity for the whole nursing team to reflect all their talents.
  • The entire NHS workforce to be valued and rewarded appropriately to reflect this.

Gail Adams, Unison's head of nursing, said: ‘This is a hard-hitting manifesto for hard-working nurses, who put people before profit and deserve to be valued for the amazing job that they do.

‘We know that, despite assurances from all sides of the political divide, the NHS cannot escape from funding cuts in the very near future. I want to warn against job cuts that would hit patient care hard.'

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