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Unison wins vote

27th September 2006

29092006_voting1.jpgUnison won a motion at the Labour Party Conference criticising the government's 'marketisation' of the NHS.

The motion attacking the government's reform agenda was carried overwhelmingly. It called for a stop to the 'headlong rush' to introduce markets to the NHS, a national review of outsourcing, longer time for primary and acute trusts to balance their books and a slow down in the pace of NHS reform.

Dave Prentis, Unison general secretary, said newly qualified NHS staff were having difficulty finding jobs, and that the NHS was now driven by 'market madness.'

He condemned the plans to privatise NHS Logistics and the reconfigurations which could lead to major hospitals losing key services such as A&E and maternity services.

However, there were some speakers who defended government record and policy; Dr Rav Seeruthun, a Kent GP, said that private sector involvement was sometimes necessary; he warned delegates not to let their objections get in the way of patient care.

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