Special message from Donna Hutton: NHS Wales pay

Commenting on NHS Wales pay, UNISON Cymru Wales head of health Donna Hutton said, “UNISON Cymru Wales members voted in huge numbers to accept the pay offer (voting closed in UNISON on 6 September, 2018). Not only did we have a high turnout but we also had a majority of over 92% in favour to […]

UNISON: Hywel Dda plans inadequate

Health board has more work to do to convince staff of the merit of plans to change hospital services

UNISON comment: Offer of a pay rise to NHS Wales staff

Responding to Vaughan Gething AM’s offer of a pay rise to NHS Wales staff, Donna Hutton, UNISON Cymru/Wales head of health said; “Welsh healthcare workers are working harder than ever before. They have endured eight years of pay caps costing them the equivalent to a fifth of their pay and they deserve a substantial pay […]

UNISON comment on Tawel Fan report

Responding to the publication of the Health and Social Care Advisory Service report into practices at Glan Clwyd’s Tawel Fan, chair of UNISON Cymru Wales’ health committee, Jan Tomlinson said, “Public service is a badge of honour. Healthcare workers are professional, kind and caring and when the standards of a tiny minority fall below what […]

Special message from Donna Hutton on NHS Wales pay situation

As talks in Wales continue, head of health vows UNISON will fight for the best deal possible and members will be guaranteed a vote on the final deal

Possible changes at Hywel Dda health board

Responding to the news Hywel Dda UHB is considering options to change healthcare provision in the area, Donna Hutton UNISON Cymru Wales head of health said, “If hospitals close, a wealth of local expertise will be lost. People will be forced to travel much further to access hospital treatment and hundreds of good quality jobs […]

UNISON responds to Darren Millar NHS criticism

  Responding to Darren Millar’s comments about the Betsi Cadwaladr health board, Donna Hutton, UNISON Cymru Wales head of health said, “Darren Millar would do well to pause for thought before firing of a press release rubbishing Betsi Cadwaladr health board yet again. His words are insulting to every single member of staff in the […]

UNISON comment on staff shortages at Singleton hospital

Responding to news a shortage of staff may lead to the temporary closure of a ward at Singleton hospital, Donna Hutton, UNISON Cymru head of health said, “We need to know more about the reasons behind the shortage of nurses in this case but it’s clearly worrying when a hospital says it doesn’t have the […]

UNISON Cymru comment on NHS pay cap

Donna Hutton UNISON Cymru/Wales head of health said, “Healthcare workers in Wales have suffered seven years of poor pay awards as a direct result of UK Conservative government austerity policies. All public sector workers have experienced a real term drop in wages since 2009. “There’s no doubt that the cuts are hurting and it’s disgraceful […]

UNISON celebrates best care in NHS Wales

UNISON Cymru/Wales will hold its second NHS Health Awards tomorrow (Wednesday 5 July), at the Cardiff City stadium. The union will celebrate the individual contributions of healthcare workers at a gala dinner in the company of Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething AM, Andrew Goodall, Chief Executive of NHS Wales and Dave Prentis, general secretary of […]

Pay recommendations for NHS Wales published

  Reacting to the news that Cabinet Secretary for Health Vaughan Gething AM has accepted the recommendations of the National Health Service Pay Review Body, UNISON Cymru/Wales head of health Donna Hutton said, “The decision of the UK government to cap pay rises at a meagre one per cent has left a bitter taste in the […]

ABMU strike suspended

Staff at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU) hospitals working in the sterilisation and disinfection units have today (Tuesday) suspended tomorrow’s scheduled strike action to allow for consideration of the board’s latest offer. Donna Hutton, UNISON Cymru/Wales head of health said, “ABMU healthcare workers continue to show marvellous unity and purpose in this dispute […]

ABMU strike suspended

Staff at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMU) hospitals working in the sterilisation and disinfection units have today (Tuesday) suspended tomorrow’s scheduled strike action to allow for consideration of the board’s latest offer. Donna Hutton, UNISON Cymru/Wales head of health said, “ABMU healthcare workers continue to show marvellous unity and purpose in this dispute […]

UNISON Cymru statement on the pressures on our hospitals

Head of health Donna Hutton yesterday issued the following statement on the current pressure on the NHS and particularly A&E departments across Wales. “Our health services are under great pressures now – as people fall ill in the colder weather and the fact that we have an aging population which requires more care. Staff in […]

UNISON response to Health Foundation report

Commenting on today’s (13 October), report from the Health Foundation, Donna Hutton, UNISON’s head of health, said, “The notice that the NHS in Wales could be saved from financial ruin by penalising the earnings of nurses, medical secretaries, porters and others, is not welcome. They work as hard as they can to provide the best […]