Commenting on new figures published today (Thursday) that show NHS vacancies across England have reached a record high, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said:
“These figures paint a bleak picture of the state of the NHS. There are too few staff to provide safe patient care, and as more leave for better paid work, so waiting times and delays worsen.
“The government must get a grip, take the dispute seriously and start talking to unions about pay. Then there’ll be no need for strikes and everyone’s focus can be on working together to get the NHS back on track.”
Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union with more than 1.3 million members providing public services in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.
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