The Trade Union Bill currently under consideration by parliament could seriously affect productivity and staff morale in the NHS, according to the Royal College of Nursing. Among other things, the Bill will make it more difficult for union stewards to represent members. Research shows that in organisations where there is no union representation, staff turnover increases threefold (compared with organisations with representation). This equates to an annual saving of at least £100 million (or, for a large teaching hospital, an annual saving of around £1 million). The RCN concludes the Bill is bad for staff and employers, and most importantly, bad for patients.
“We made three mistakes that I regret, the first being restructuring the NHS. The rest are minor.”— unnamed Senior Conservative Cabinet Minister