Health Services and Social Services: Trade Unions

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 2nd May 2019.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care), Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Labour)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) discussions and (b) meetings (i) he, (ii) Ministers of his Department and (iii) officials of his Department have had with trades unions representing health and social care workers in each of the last twelve months.

Photo of Stephen Hammond Stephen Hammond Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Departmental Ministers and officials have attended official and unofficial fora, including ad hoc meetings and discussions to engage with trades unions on a wide range of policies throughout the year.

The Department relies on and values the role trades unions and other stakeholders play in informing the development of health and social care policies. Good partnership working at a national and local level is vital in helping the National Health Service continuously improve the quality and safety of health and care services.

Regarding the NHS workforce, the NHS Social Partnership Forum established in 1998 is where health ministers, Departmental officials, trades unions and NHS Employers meet to discuss policies that affect the NHS workforce. Over the last 12 months (April 2018 to March 2019) there have been three Wider Group meetings (chaired by health ministers) and six Strategic Group meetings led by Departmental officials.

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