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Hunt: Government 'calling time' on bullying in the NHS

The government is "calling time on bullying, intimidation and victimisation" in the NHS, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has told MPs.

ITV News Health Editor Rachel Younger reports:

Whistleblowers applying for NHS jobs 'to be protected'

The government will legislate to protect whistleblowers who apply for NHS jobs from discrimination by prospective employers, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt addresses the Commons.

Hunt said he would accept the Francis review's recommendation in principle and then consult on a package of measures to implement them.


Hunt: More needs to be done on NHS transparency

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said "significant changes" have been made to make the NHS more transparent since the Mid Staffordshire scandal, but stressed that "more needs to be done".

Hunt tweeted this diagram yesterday ahead of the NHS whistleblower review being published:

"We agree with Sir Robert [Francis QC] that listening to patients and staff is absolutely vital and will be responding to this report later today," Hunt added.

NHS payrise 'will not cost the taxpayer more money'

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said that an NHS payrise, offered as a way of averting strike action by health workers, would not cost the taxpayer any more money:


Unions to consult members on health worker pay offer

Union leaders have cautiously welcomed a new offer from the Government in an ongoing row over pay.

Unison's head of health Christina McAnea said it "isn't a great offer" but that it would consult its members on the new terms.

The GMB amd Unite unions both said they too would consult members on the new offer.

Dr Peter Carter, general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said the "breakthrough" was a "positive start, but there is more to be done".

Unions: Thursday's health worker strikes suspended

Planned strikes by health workers in England and Northern Ireland have been suspended, unions announced today.

It follows new offers made to union leaders in talks with the Department of Health, which are believed to include:

  • A consolidated 1% payment for staff up to senior level
  • An additional £200 consolidated payment for lower paid staff
  • Abolition of the first point on the pay scale, and the second raised to £15,100.

The industrial action had been planned for Thursday and next month in a row over pay.

Union gives formal notice of health worker strike

Hospital and ambulance workers are due to strike on 29th January Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The GMB union has issued formal notice of a strike by health workers planned for 29th January.

It comes as union officials return to talks with the Government later today aimed at averting industrial action.

GMB said it had served NHS employers in England and Northern Ireland with the necessary information about the stoppage involving hospital and ambulance workers.

Ambulance members of the union will strike for 24 hours from 0001, while other health workers will take action for 12 hours from midday.

Members of Unison and Unite are also set to go on strike on the same day.

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