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Why we need a change of Government in May 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gary Applin   
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 06:35

 

Why we need a change of Government in May 2015

I am writing to you as a UNISON member in the East of England Ambulance Branch living in a key constituency in advance of the upcoming general election in May.

Since the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition came to power after the general election of 2010, they have systematically attacked our public services.

You were told that money to fund the NHS would be "ring fenced" but this was a lie.  The total money provided possibly wasn't cut but funding has not increased to reflect the increased cost of healthcare or the increase in work our ambulance services and hospitals see on a day to day basis.  This has led to significant underinvestment and is essentially a cut in our eyes.

The East of England Ambulance Service has had to endure £50 million of efficiency savings over 5 years, this is just simple spin for the word cuts.  We have had some additional investment but only after extensive lobbying of regional MPs over our lack of resources and the negative publicity the Trust has received in the media.

The situation will only get worse if either a Conservative government or a coalition containing the Conservatives are elected on May 7th.  We have been told there is going to be a need for further austerity measures so health workers will still pay for the mess the banks got the country into.  These measures will further erode our public services and your ambulance service is firmly in the firing line.

A good example is we have already lost patient transport contracts to cheaper private providers who, despite the hard work of their staff, don’t aim to provide the quality of service that the NHS does.  What’s to say that privatisation of the 999 service won’t happen in the future - a frightening prospect I think you would agree.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 08:15
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#PBTH campaign... late finishes update.... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraer Stevenson   
Tuesday, 28 April 2015 16:41

On 30th April the Board are being asked to ratify and endorse a

proposal to reduce late finishes. This proposal comes out of the

#PBTH campaign meetings with the execs, and is fully documented

in UNISONs April newsletter.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 April 2015 23:19
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Disability Manifesto PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dave Edwards (Submitted by)   
Monday, 20 April 2015 18:58

Today we launched our disability manifesto: A better future for disabled people. I wanted

to share the foreword, which I have co-written with Rachel Reeves and Kate Green:

The twelve million disabled people in Britain today have a huge contribution to make to

our country, and a right to be treated on equal terms with any other citizen. But too many

feel left behind by our economy and left out of our politics – at worst, stigmatised and

threatened by negative language and a worrying rise in disability hate crime.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 April 2015 23:21
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HCPC consults on 12.5% fee hike for registrants - UNISON is seeking your views. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraer Stevenson   
Monday, 20 April 2015 09:24

The Health and Care Professions Council is consulting on increasing its annual registration fee from £80 to £90. This affects all 16 professions regulated by HCPC. 

 

UNISON is seeking your views - please take the time to fill in our national survey:

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HCPCfeesincrease

Last Updated on Monday, 20 April 2015 12:23
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Put back the Heart Campaign update... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fraer Stevenson   
Monday, 30 March 2015 17:20

Unison to take proposals to the board

During the last week of March, a small group of Senior managers from

HR, Ops, Clinical and EOC, met with us to look at addressing the

top 3 stressors staff raised in our #PBTH survey: Late finishes,

individual performance management (inc PDRs about performance

rather than development), sickness management.

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 April 2015 14:10
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