Health

UNISON is the UK’s largest health union. More than 60,000 UNISON members work in the NHS in Scotland: nurses, student nurses, midwives, health visitors, healthcare assistants, paramedics, occupational therapists, cleaners, porters, catering staff, medical secretaries, clerical and admin staff and scientific and technical staff.

UNISON cares passionately about the future of the NHS as a publicly funded service that is free at the point of delivery. The NHS is a public service we can all be proud of, and UNISON wants to keep it that way.

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Speaking up for Scotland’s health workers

UNISON organisers and activists work together to make sure our members’ concerns are heard – whether it’s about pay, health and safety, discrimination or the future of our NHS.

  • Offering advice at work;
  • Representing our members in the workplace
  • Lobbying parliaments and government on issues our members care about;
  • Negotiating terms and conditions for NHS Scotland staff;
  • Raising professional and local concerns that affect all health workers.
  • Standing up for the NHS and broader health services

Health News

‘Staffing crisis putting patients at risk’ – new UNISON survey reveals scale of the short-staffing in Scotland’s NHS

UNISON has today (Tuesday) revealed a survey which shows the widespread failure of the Scottish government to prepare the NHS ... Read More

MSPs should support the employment injuries advisory council bill, says UNISON

UNISON, the public services union, is urging MSPs from all parties to support Mark Griffin MSP’s Employment Injuries Advisory Council ... Read More

Christina and Lilian in Shetland and Orkney was a ‘brilliant visit’

General secretary Christina McAnea visited Shetland and Orkney, where she was joined by Scottish secretary Lilian Macer Christina and Lilian ... Read More

Delivering net zero for Scotland’s buildings: Heat in Buildings Bill

This is UNISON Scotland's response to the Scottish Government consultation on its proposed Heat in Buildings Bill. We are members ... Read More

Lobby MSPs to support key Bill & help workers with Long Covid

UNISON Scotland’s Welfare Committee is urging members to write to their MSPs backing the important Scottish Employment Injuries Advisory Council ... Read More

Democracy Matters: Local governance Phase 2 consultation

This is UNISON's response to the Scottish Government and COSLA  ‘Democracy Matters: Local governance Phase 2 consultation’. The consultation is ... Read More

Resignation of Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, Michael Matheson 

UNISON Scotland head of health Matt McLaughlin said: “UNISON had a good working relationship Michael and I wish him all ... Read More

Briefing 139 – National Care Service: Revised Government Plans

The Scottish Government has radically revised its plans for a National Care Service.   This follows negotiations with COSLA and the ... Read More

Abortion Services (Safe Access Zones) Scotland Bill

This is our response to the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee’s call for views on Gillian Mackay MSP’s Abortion ... Read More

Briefing 136 – The ‘Safe Staffing’ Act in the NHS.

The Health and Care Staffing (Scotland) Act comes into force in April 2024. The Bill gives staff in the NHS ... Read More

Latest briefings and submissions

Briefing 53: Bargaining – Health and social care integration regulations – Set 1

Briefing 53: Bargaining - Health and social care integration regulations - Set 1
KEY POINTS: These regulations implement the Scottish Government’s plans for health and social care integration They prescribe what information must ...

NHS Superannuation Scheme: draft regulations for proposed contribution increases

NHS Superannuation Scheme: draft regulations for proposed contribution increases
UNISON is Scotland’s largest healthcare trade union representing over 50,000 members working in NHS Scotland and related services. All of ...

Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill response

Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill response
UNISON raised a range of concerns in our submission to the 2012 consultation on what was then called the Community ...

Integration of Care in Social Care in Social Care in Scotland

Integration of Care in Social Care in Social Care in Scotland
UNISON Scotland members have been involved in various proposals for the integration of health and care services since the late1990s ...

Mental Health Strategy 2012 – 2015

Mental Health Strategy 2012 - 2015
UNISON acknowledges the work that the current Scottish Government and previous administrations have undertaken to tackle the challenges that mental ...

Care Integration Comments to Health & Sport Committee

Care Integration Comments to Health & Sport Committee
We understand that at present the Government intends to integrate health and social care primarily through legislation to replace Community ...

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