Profits Protected as Care Homes Crisis Deepens

Thursday at 8pm the nation turns out to clap in appreciation at the work our essential public sector workers who each day place the interests and safety of our most vulnerable citizens ahead of their own. You will find no more obvious example of selfless public service than that shown by workers in 1000’s of residential care homes across the UK.  Residential care homes are never a destination of choice, but they represent an important part […]

Leicestershire Care Home employer plans cuts to pay and sick leave

Care home employer’s plans to cut pay and sick leave for over 100 staff ‘beyond belief’, says UNISON Plans by a major Leicestershire care home employer to make drastic cuts to pay, sick leave and holidays for more than 100 staff have today (Thursday) been condemned by UNISON.  The move by Leicestershire County Care, whose parent company Johnson Care […]

Derby City Council Redeploy Staff to Help With COVID-19 Response

Derby City Council have over 150 colleagues working in other roles across the authority – providing vital resource to our key services.  A great example of this, is staff from Traffic & Transportation, who have been redeployed to help with various tasks at the first medical triage ‘hot hub’ that opened at the University of Derby on Monday (20 April).  One […]

Stranded shipment of safety equipment from Turkey leaves Lincolnshire hospital staff in ‘impossible position’

Frontline health staff in Lincolnshire are facing impossible choices as they balance their own health with that of their patients after serious delays to a consignment of imported personal protective equipment (PPE). The RAF has sent planes to collect much-needed PPE which is still sitting on the tarmac at a Turkish airport but should have […]

Safe working for frontline staff across Lincolnshire must be a top priority

NHS, care and other frontline staff whose lives are on the line need immediate government action to fix inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies. Government apologies and assurances the UK has all the PPE it needs are of no comfort to staff whose workplaces are running low. Over the weekend workers from hospitals and care […]

NHS organisations must be honest with staff over PPE stocks, says UNISON

New Public Health England guidelines have watered down the level of protection needed for front line health staff battling the Covid-19 epidemic. Staff will be told they can now use plastic aprons rather than full-length gowns, when there are shortages. UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “These are absolute worst case scenario measures, which staff […]