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UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis with health secretary Alan Johnson

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Call for ‘revalidation to be funded by government, not nurses’

Employers should be allocated funds to pay for the forthcoming new system of checks on nurse competencies in order to stop registrants from being charged through increased registration fees instead, union members have said.

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One idea involved detailing named nurses on a whiteboard to help patients and carers

New workforce planning tools 'failing to ensure safe staffing'

Nurse staffing numbers are at dangerously low levels in places and tools to help calculate safe ratios are failing to work, claimed union members at Unison’s annual healthcare conference this week.


Health impact of long shifts must be investigated, says union

The health effects of 12-hour shifts must be assessed immediately following a growing demand for nurses to work long hours, according to union members.

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Conference told that downbanding staff is 'scourge' of health service

Union members have voted to investigate the practice of downbanding nurses and other health service workers by trusts looking to make financial savings.

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As part of its strategy to prepare the country for economic recovery, the government is increasing opportunities for apprenticeships in health care, says Dave Godson



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