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Preston challenges polyclinics

01 July 2008
Central Lancashire Primary Care trust has recently announced plans to open a "primary care assessment centre" – or "polyclinic" – in Preston.

60th anniversary of the NHS

24 June 2008
The NHS turns 60 on 5 July and the BBC is marking the occasion with a week of TV and radio programmes looking at the history, development and current state of Britain’s health service.

Health activist Yunus Bakhsh faces sack

10 June 2008
Leading NHS union activist Yunus Bakhsh faces the verdict in the disciplinary hearing held by his employer this week. Twenty months since he was originally suspended from work, his NHS trust is set to sack him.

Why Unison members in NHS accepted the deal

10 June 2008
Members of the Unison union working for the NHS have voted, disappointingly, by 64 percent to accept a three year pay deal. This offers 2.75 percent, 2.4 percent and 2.2 percent for the next three years.

Sick show trial for health activist Yunus Bakhsh

03 June 2008
Health bosses in Newcastle have created a storm of anger as they move to discipline leading trade unionist Yunus Bakhsh – despite doctors saying he is too ill to attend their hearing and urging the trust to delay its action.

Yunus Bakhsh could be fired within days

03 June 2008
High profile health trade unionist Yunus Bakhsh could be sacked this week after health bosses decided to press ahead with a disciplinary hearing against him – despite Yunus not being well enough to attend.

Karen Reissmann seeks Unison executive place

03 June 2008
Leading health trade unionist Karen Reissmann is seeking nominations to the national executive of her Unison union.

Anger at health pay cuts

03 June 2008
Unions in the NHS are reflecting anger at the government’s three-year below-inflation pay offer.

Yunus Bakhsh: three ways to help

27 May 2008
Every health worker knows their first duty is to ensure no harm comes to those they are caring for. NHS trusts have a duty of care that is enshrined in law.

Questions for Unison on Yunus Bakhsh

27 May 2008
A shocking story is emerging from Yunus’s continuing battle to clear his name within his Unison union.

Key blow against union suspensions

20 May 2008
Leaders of the Unison union were delivered two shattering blows last week when the trade union certification officer ruled that a crackdown on two of the union’s best known left wingers broke the union’s own rules – and in one case even broke the law.

Tony Staunton: union activist was wrongly barred from executive election

20 May 2008
The Trade union certification officer found that Tony Staunton, a member of the Unison union’s south west regional council for more than a decade, was "unreasonably excluded" from being a candidate in the 2007 national executive elections.

Who produced the fake Yunus Bakhsh leaflet?

13 May 2008
In an extraordinary twist in the ongoing attempt to victimise left wing health activist Yunus Bakhsh, a new and mysterious leaflet has been produced.

Hundreds lobby for Karen Reissmann

13 May 2008
More than 200 health workers, trade unionists, service users and MPs packed into a room in the House of Commons last week to show their support for Karen Reissmann, the Manchester psychiatric nurse and leading union member who was sacked for speaking out against cuts and privatisation.

Health workers must throw out pay deal

06 May 2008
After two consecutive years of pay cuts the government is telling more than a million health workers that we must tighten our belts yet again with our new pay deal.

Yunus Bakhsh gets a hearing

22 April 2008
Unison union activist Yunus Bakhsh, who is involved in a bitter battle against his employers, took part in a hearing against his union last week.

Debating privatisation at the Unison health conference

15 April 2008
The continuing threat of health privatisation formed an important backdrop to many conference debates.

Defend Yunus Bakhsh meeting at health conference

15 April 2008
Over 100 delegates packed into a meeting to hear leading Unison activist Yunus Bakhsh outline the way he is being victimised by his employers for his trade union activities – and how his fight is being undermined by his own union.

Join the national lobby over Karen Reissmann on 7 May

08 April 2008
Health workers and campaigners who support Karen Reissmann, the nurse and trade unionist sacked for speaking out against cuts and privatisation, are asking their supporters to join a national lobby of parliament.

Lobby for Karen Reissmann

01 April 2008
Health workers are organising for the national lobby of parliament in support of Karen Reissmann, the sacked nurse and trade unionist.

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