Association backs Wales TUC call for NHS stress spotlight

Hospital doctors were well represented at the Wales Trades Union Congress in May with the HCSA’s Richard Wilde taking to the podium to highlight stress on the wards.

He was part of a three-person association team including Chief Executive Eddie Saville and Head of Industrial Relations Joe Chattin.

HCSA helped win unanimous support for a motion on NHS staff stress it seconded with a call for “urgent action” to head off a “system-wide collapse” as doctors threaten to exit the profession because of rising pressure.

Richard said: “HCSA works well in collaboration with other healthcare unions to ensure that your voice is heard in Wales, and we will continue to advocate for you in the most effective way.”

HCSA also seconded a motion on the health implications of foodbanks, and the effects of malnutrition on the NHS and wider society.

Richard adds: “The association in our contribution recognised that the Welsh Government were tackling this issue, and commended a speech given earlier that day by Minister for Local Government and Finance Mark Drakeford AM, but reminded Conference that there is still much to do and we cannot afford to become complacent.”

The association’s delegation also backed healthcare motions urging:

  • Seven-day working should only be done where clinically justified following full negotiation and consultation with relevant trade unions. Such working must be properly resourced and funded
  • Better provisions for women suffering mental health issues in pregnancy and after giving birth
  • NHS Wales to do more in mental health at work for stressed NHS staff, including increasing resources
  • A funding increase for the A&E South Wales programme
  • The Welsh Government to retain NHS Student Bursaries for the sustainability of NHS Wales.