Unison urges government to re-think health bill

24 January 2012

The UK's healthcare union has criticised a bill from the government that will reform the way health facilities operate suggesting that quality of care will be affected.

Unison has urged parliament to listen to increasing protests from professionals in the sector that the Health and Social Care Bill will significantly affect standards of patient care in the NHS and other health outlets.

Christina McAnea, Unison head of health, said: "We know that patients and health workers will ultimately pay the price as trusts cap down are forced to make cuts to generate short-term savings.

"It is time to drop this deadly bill and safeguard the NHS for the future."

The comments come in the wake of a warning from the Health Select Committee, which stated that the bill could have negative consequences in hospital operations and draw attention away from patient care and more towards saving money.

Ms McAnea added that the plans are fundamentally flawed and that the government must listen to what people within the industry are saying to ensure that cost-cutting methods do not outweigh the need for high-quality doctor-patient relationships.

The Health and Social Care Bill was launched at the beginning of 2011 and aims to modernise the healthcare industry to be built around the needs of patients.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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