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Scarborough hospital trust axes 600 jobs

24 July 2007
A North Yorkshire NHS trust has announced plans to axe 600 staff – a third of its workforce – in a bid to save more than £28 million.

Privatisation in the NHS in the name of ‘tackling inequality’

17 July 2007
A government-backed review of NHS services in London last week could lead to wholesale closures of accident and emergency wards, doctor’s surgeries and a number of district general hospitals.

Unison activists plan public rally to defend suspended nurse Karen Reissmann

10 July 2007
The campaign to defend Karen Reissmann, the psychiatric nurse and Unison union activist who has been suspended from work, is continuing to gain support.

Unison backing for suspended nurse, Karen Reissmann

26 June 2007
Supporters of Karen Reissmann – the psychiatric nurse and Unison activist who was suspended by her employer two weeks ago – were heartened to hear that both the national executive of her union and its health executive have pledged her their full backing.

Unison vows to defend Karen Reissmann against trust

21 June 2007
Supporters of Karen Reissmann – the psychiatric nurse and Unison union activist who was suspended by her employer last week – were heartened to hear that Unison’s national executive committee have pledged their full backing for Karen.

Anger as trust suspends Unison activist Karen Reissmann

20 June 2007
A wave of anger is spreading among trade unionists, health workers and user groups in Manchester following the suspension of longstanding nurse and union activist Karen Reissmann from her job on Friday of last week.

Hospital nursery crisis leaves health workers holding the baby

12 June 2007
Experienced staff at the Royal London hospital in east London are facing the possibility of being unable to continue work because of the closure of a scandal-hit private on-site nursery.

More cuts despite NHS underspend

05 June 2007
The revelation that the health service is predicted to underspend its budget by up to £500 million will come as shock to the thousands of NHS staff who, should they manage to keep their jobs, face a below inflation pay rise.

Organising for pay a fight in the health service

15 May 2007
Leading trade union activists in the health service are battling to ensure that anger at the government’s 1.9 percent pay insult is turned into effective industrial action.

Decade of NHS cuts

01 May 2007
Ten years after Tony Blair announced that there were "24 hours to save the NHS" the extent of the financial crisis in the health service and the mania for privatisation has become even more apparent.

'Anonymous witnesses' to be used in Yunus Bakhsh hearing

01 May 2007
Management at the Tyne & Wear NHS Trust continued their victimisation of leading Unison union activist Yunus Bakhsh this week, insisting that they will use "anonymous witnesses" in their disciplinary hearing against him.

Unison health workers vote for action against pay insult

24 April 2007
The possibility of a nationwide strike in the NHS has taken a big step forward as health workers voted to reject the below inflation pay award they have been offered.

Irish nurses escalate action

24 April 2007
Nurses in Ireland are escalating a series of stoppages at hospitals across the country in a campaign over pay and the state of the health service. Their action shows that it is possible to organise national strike action in the NHS

‘I’m going blind because NHS won’t fund my treatment’

24 April 2007
An 86 year old from Derby is going blind – because his health authority won’t make his treatment available on the NHS.

Date set for national demo to save the NHS

24 April 2007
As the conference opened, Unison announced a date for the long called for national demonstration in defence of the NHS – Saturday 13 October.

Anger and argument over union funding of Labour at Unison health conference

24 April 2007
The question of Unison’s relationship to the Labour Party was a running sore through the conference.

Over one million workers could unite over pay in NHS

17 April 2007
The prospect of the first national strike action in the NHS in Britain for nearly two decades took a step forward this week. The Royal College of Nurses (RCN) conference voted to clear the way for its members to take industrial action.

Irish nurses’ action shows way to fight

17 April 2007
As British health unions consider taking industrial action over pay and the state of the NHS, some 40,000 Irish nurses and midwives are in their third week of industrial action.

Student nurses: ‘We work hard to hold NHS together’

10 April 2007
"Before becoming a student nurse I spent a lot of time working in bars and cafes," says John Finnegan, who came to Britain from Ireland.

Pay anger could lead to first nationwide action in NHS for 20 years

07 April 2007
The prospect of the first mass national industrial action in the NHS for almost 20 years took a big step forward last week as the Unison union agreed to ballot its members over pay.

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