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NHS: Trade Unions

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th April 2011.

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Photo of Lord Kennedy of Southwark Lord Kennedy of Southwark Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government on how many occasions since 12 May 2010 they have met representatives of trade unions in the National Health Service, and what matters were discussed.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Ministers meet regularly with representatives of National Health Service trade unions through the meetings of the National Stakeholder Forum and the Social Partnership Forum. Meetings also take place between Ministers and a number of individual trade unions including the British Medical Association, UNISON, the Royal College of Nursing, Unite and the Royal College of Midwives.

A variety of issues are discussed and include NHS reform, workforce issues, value based pricing, the public health White Paper and social care.

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