Health

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UNISON is the UK’s largest health union. Over 400,000 members work for the NHS and for private contractors providing NHS services.

More than 60,000 UNISON members work in the NHS in Scotland. Our members working in the health service include 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.

See also important information for workers registered with regulatory bodies.

How we organise – Standing up for Scotland’s health service 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.

UNISON represents our members working in health services in Scotland in many ways:

  • Offering help and advice at work;
  • Lobbying the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government on issues our members care about;
  • Having a strong voice on the Scottish partnership organisations, which negotiate terms and conditions issues for NHS Scotland staff;
  • Raising our members professional/local concerns or by highlighting issues that will affect all health workers at a national level.
  • Standing up for Scotland’s health service

But as well as representing our members in the workplace – 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.


Coronavirus latest

NHS Pay Ballot how long is left to vote?

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UNISON to recommend NHS Scotland staff reject Scottish Government 5% pay offer in consultative ballot

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Briefing 119 – Inflation and inequality

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UNISON Week 337: unsafe staffing in hospitals, an inadequate Queens Speech, June 18th Demo & more

UNISON Week 337: unsafe staffing in hospitals, an inadequate Queens Speech, June 18th Demo & more. Read full newsletter here ... Read More

Dangerous staffing levels in Borders hospitals, says UNISON

UNISON has written to every politician representing the Scottish Borders to highlight "dangerous staffing levels" in local hospitals. It has ... Read More

UNISON WEEK 335- Local Govt pay ballot, College pay ballot STUC 125 & more

UNISON WEEK 335- Local Govt pay ballot, College pay ballot STUC 125 & more. Read full newsletter here ... Read More

Urgent investment needed in NHS and social care

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Latest briefings and submissions

Prohibiting Smoking Outside Hospital Buildings

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UNISON generally welcomes the principle of introducing new measures to end the practice of smoking on hospital grounds. We agree ...
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Briefing 108: PUBLIC SERVICE PENSION SCHEME TRANSITIONAL PROTECTION CASES

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On 20 December 2018, the Court of Appeal in Lord Chancellor v McCloud (and others) held that in relation to ...
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UNISON WEEK 261 – SOS: Stressed out Staff in Scotland’s colleges and more …

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Our weekly newsletter covering our new UNISON Scotland report - SOS: Stressed out Staff in Scotland's colleges & more … ...
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UNISON Week 260 – An emergency but no accident, Equal Pay update, HE Consultation & more

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Our weekly newsletter covering our latest Damage Report 'An emergency but no accident', Equal Pay update,  HE Consultation & more ...
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UNISON’s response to the proposed Bill on Culpable Homicide

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UNISON's Submission to the consultation on Claire Baker MSP’s proposed Bill on Culpable Homicide. Read the full submission here ...
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Policy Briefing 105 Draft Scottish Budget 2019/20

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Our latest policy briefing sets out the key points of the Draft Scottish Budget for 2019/20. Here is our brief ...
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